Does A Drained Swamp Look Like This?
Much has been said by Trump and his supporters about “draining the swamp” but I’m wondering if the picture we see shaping up is really what a drained swamp is supposed to look like. When you drain the swamp, is it the water you want to get rid of or the dangerous animals in it?
I will admit that I supported Trump as best I could during his campaign but that was not only because I have some regard for what I know of his record but also because I had a great distaste for what I know of Hillary’s record. And Bill’s record too.
Note: Only a fool would have believed that Bill, were he to become the 'First Philanderer' in the White House, would exert a very negative influence on our nation’s affairs.
So now Trump is ‘in’, lots of people are excited, the economy appears to be bullish again, and lots of people are excited about their future.
Let’s look at the animals we see in Trump’s ‘swamp’. I’ll admit I haven’t been closely following Trump’s picks these short few weeks that he’s been interviewing and picking people for his staff, Cabinet, and various government positions but I did do some homework on the subject.
First of all..… this article that I just read makes a good point: one could be reasonably suspicious of at least some, if not all, of the people Trump has tagged for his team so far. Let's look:
How about his appointment as Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin. As that Wikipedia link mentions, Mr. Mnuchin was a former partner at Goldman Sachs.
But wait a minute!
Isn’t Goldman Sachs that outfit that we blame for a lot of the nefarious financial crap that has been going on in our economy? And isn’t it true that Mr. Mnuchin is also very close friends with that other fellow, the confirmed Nazi collaborator in WW2, who totally looks like Death Warmed Over….George Soros?
Yeah…that’s the guy!
So, if modus operandi is any clue, aren’t we seeing the same modus operandi here that Goldman Sachs (and the Rothchilds and the Rockefellers) are famous for….i.e. seeding the deck with their own loyalists and alumni?
Trump will argue of course that these are the people he needs to ‘drain the swamp’ properly because they know where all the leaks are and how to row the boat around in the murky water of Washington D.C. without hitting a submerged stump.
Well….maybe. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Nobody else, not a real outsider, was available for that job?
And then there’s Steve Bannon. Mr. Bannon also is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker alumni although not at the same high level as some of Trump’s other appointments.
In his favor, Mr. Bannon has a host of ‘rightist’ activities and is clearly very anti-globalist. And if nothing else, his resume shows him to have been a thorn in the side of many liberals and very much anti Obama and Hillary.
Other appointments to Trump’s team include:
Billionaire businessman Elon Musk who joins the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group that advises the President-elect on economic matters. Musk joins other business leaders such as former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.
Note: Take a look at Jamie Dimon’s background and then try to tell yourself that he’s the kind of guy who would want to ‘drain the swamp’.
Also joining Trump’s Forum is Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon and I will admit that I’m not a big fan of many of the things I’ve heard about Wal-Mart in recent years. They are a major, MAJOR factor in keeping lots of Communist Chinese factories going.
These new Trump team members may or may not be patriots but my point is that they are tainted. Draining the swamp and refilling it with the same breed of alligators isn’t what the American public really expected.
And when you consider that Trump roundly criticized Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, because of her former ties with Goldman Sachs and that both Elon Musk and General Electric have benefited greatly from government money over the years, one could be excused from thinking that it looks like, “business as usual in Washington.”
Tesla, when you factor in Musks’ SpaceX and SolarCity companies, have received approximately $5 billion in government subsidies (frequently in the form of tax rebates) over the years and the company probably would not have survived without them. And GE has long been a company in favor with with POTUS office holders.
Does that sound like free enterprise?
When is it cronyism and when is it not?
I’m not concluding that these appointments are unequivocally unreasonable. I remember specifically that US industrial leaders have long complained that their companies are at an international competitive disadvantage against companies headquartered in certain foreign countries who get massive support from their home governments. Case in point would be the difficulty American aircraft manufacturers (e.g. Boeing) have long had in bidding wars (for aircraft purchases from US airlines) with France’s Airbus.
Trump has picked Wilber Ross to be his Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Ross is a billionaire investor and a committed protectionist on trade who also happens to have large holdings in steel and textile manufacturing. It’s probably just coincidence that both these industries will benefit fom Trump’s protectionist trade policies.
But like I said, foreign companies have had the US at a disadvantage for many years so maybe this is international economic poetic justice.
So…we’ll just have to wait and see what these guys do.
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