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The Guardian, December 17, 2016: Donald Trump faces Senate backlash over ‘cabinet of billionaires’
The Guardian is often a refreshing source of news, when the mainstream for profit corporate media has failed us. Here's the lead to their article this morning.
Earlier this month, Donald Trump used a “thank-you” rally in Des Moines, Iowa, to give his supporters further insight into the “deal-making” team he intends to build in Washington. As president-elect, Trump has so far nominated a number of billionaires, three Goldman Sachs bankers and the chief executive of the world’s largest oil firm to senior positions. Responding to liberal consternation at the sheer wealth of the prospective appointees, Trump told his audience: “A newspaper [the New York Times] criticised me and said: ‘Why can’t they have people of modest means?’ Because I want people that made a fortune. Because now they are negotiating for you, OK? It’s no different than a great baseball player or a great golfer.”
Trump’s cabinet, which is not yet fully filled, is already said to be worth a combined $14bn – the richest White House top table ever assembled. His team – if all are confirmed by the Senate – will be worth 50 times the $250m combined wealth of George W Bush’s first cabinet, which the media at the time dubbed the “team of millionaires”. For Trump, those figures are simply a confirmation of competence: in Trumpian politics, the richer you are, the better you must be at cutting a deal. And “deal-making” is what the next White House will be all about.
So for all those in the "Never Hillary crowd" including the coal country miners that have cast their lot with the billionaires, I hope you are not disappointed if you lose your health insurance because you have a pre-existing condition (e.g. black lung disease), or that you can find hope in the fairy tail that Wall Street will fix themselves with the billionaires at the helm "negotiating for you". As Trump said, these guys are better at cutting a deal...but for whom?
Oh, the title of the Guardian article says that Trump faces a Senate backlash. That's all for show as Congress goes home for the holidays to visit their voters. And when they come back, it's business as usual because Donald Trump's dream team is also the Republican Dream Team. They will run America like a business.