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When Bill Clinton was sworn into office 24 years ago, every single member of his Cabinet but one was confirmed by the Senate within two days. When Donald Trump is sworn in on Friday, he’ll be lucky to have half that many installed.


Maddow was talking about this on the radio and Trump's team has almost no one below the cabinet level ready to go. He's putting more effort into the inauguration than into getting his government ready.

Several of his nominees have withdrawn because of major issues which turned up late due to poor to no vetting. One of his cabinet position had an illegal alien on staff until a month ago. Another turned out to have failed to taxes for domestic employees for years.

Notably, the security council is set to have 1 person staffed when the Trump administration takes power and almost no one below the cabinet level has been staffed for the state department.

And this is despite an incredibly friendly republican senate*. Even blowing off major problems with the nominees, it simply looks like the Trump Administration is not competent in ... well.. administration.

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http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/cabinet-confirmations-...
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Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks have been battered by revelations of questionable stock trades and potentially undocumented employees. They’ve undergone rocky confirmation hearings and faced criticism from Democrats that they’re unfit to lead a major federal agency.

Consider Republicans unmoved.

From the top tiers of GOP leadership to rank-and-file committee members, Republicans are fanning out en masse to defend Trump's Cabinet selections. They've got the back of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price, who's come under fire from Democrats about his investments in health care companies that may have benefited from legislation he supported. And they're standing by Betsy DeVos, the education secretary hopeful who stumbled during her confirmation hearing earlier this week, and Commerce pick Wilbur Ross, who told senators that he recently fired a household employee who could not show proof of legal immigration status.


I wonder what the outcome of selecting a cabinet full of people with major ethical and legal problems will be?

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Also.. he appears to be picking a lot of globalists for his cabinet. Which is odd since anti-globalism was one of his major positions during the election.

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I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days. It sounds to me like the government will be crippled for months.
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I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days. It sounds to me like the government will be crippled for months.

The upside of this is you might get to see who (as in nation or extra-state actor) has something lined up and waiting for an opportunity just like this.

And then the emergency preparedness of non-executive directed structures get tested.

So destructive national system testing.
Huge opportunities for learning.
(Have system wide improvements been made since that hurricane down south?)
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maxo-texas wrote:

I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days.


By blaming the partizan democrats for not rubber stamping Trumps nominees, no matter how unqualified, thus leaving gaps in the government and the president unadvised on important matters that he didn't know existed because he blew off 9 out of 10 security briefings.

But hey, did you see how bad SNL was this week? NOT FUNNY. SAD.

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Donald wrote:
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I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days.


By blaming the partizan democrats for not rubber stamping Trumps nominees, no matter how unqualified, thus leaving gaps in the government and the president unadvised on important matters that he didn't know existed because he blew off 9 out of 10 security briefings.

But hey, did you see how bad SNL was this week? NOT FUNNY. SAD.



I'm talking about positions below the cabinet level which do NOT require democratic approval (like the security council which has 1 employee chosen).

"Hi President Trump.. this is your national security council.. uh.. Sue. But she is a "Mary Sue."

"And Mr. Trump... I'd like to introduce you to your mid-level State Department employee. Sam will be reporting to the oil execut.. I mean your Secretary of State. We are still looking to fill another 20 positions but we are sure Sam just needs to 'work smart' if there is a crisis.

This issue has NOTHING to do with the democrats. Mr. Trump and his transition team were told they had to fill 4,000 positions. Those positions they've chosen they are doing almost no vetting for. But many are apparently unfilled (if someone has news that they are please link it - because I'm reading this and hearing this in current news as of 9pm on 1/18/2017).
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Donald wrote:
maxo-texas wrote:

I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days.


By blaming the partizan democrats for not rubber stamping Trumps nominees, no matter how unqualified, thus leaving gaps in the government and the president unadvised on important matters that he didn't know existed because he blew off 9 out of 10 security briefings.

But hey, did you see how bad SNL was this week? NOT FUNNY. SAD.



Yes, SNL are hacks on a bad show. It should be cancelled. It's the worst show ever. Everybody knows that.
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The Tom "Shrek" Price situation is especially ridiculous IMO. He could not be any swampier. I hear that he is suing Stephan Dorra because he claims to be a the real designer of For Sale.

This is a perfect situation for democrats though: They can vote against the confirmations, knowing their votes are not relevant, and wait until the scandals start coming in like mana.

It's going to be an eventful 4 years.
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The Tom "Shrek" Price situation is especially ridiculous IMO. He could not be any swampier. I hear that he is suing Stephan Dorra because he claims to be a the real designer of For Sale.

This is a perfect situation for democrats though: They can vote against the confirmations, knowing their votes are not relevant, and wait until the scandals start coming in like mana.

It's going to be an eventful 4 years.


Rest in Peace Robin Williams, but I really do wish he were around for this.

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This doesn't sound good. Let's see what happens.
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I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days. It sounds to me like the government will be crippled for months.


As a counterargument, I can't think of a time Belgium was better off than the 589 days without an elected government we had in 2010-2011 ...
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I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days. It sounds to me like the government will be crippled for months.


As a counterargument, I can't think of a time Belgium was better off than the 589 days without an elected government we had in 2010-2011 ...

But the US has an insane number of political appointees involved in running things. Far more than any European country. Belgium kept things on the road by having a independent civil service with enough powers to keep things running. Not sure that would be the case in the US. For example Trump wants all the politically appointed ambassadors to be gone from day one of his presidency without any grace period. Which is OK (although nearly every other President allowed grace periods and gave longer extensions to a few ambassadors) if there are replacements ready to slot in to the job and who are on the ground ready to go. I believe ambassadors have to be approved by Congress so it could be weeks or months before some countries get an ambassador.
Yes I know there are chargé d’affaires (who are not appointed) who will take the place of the ambassador in the interim but it isn't really the same.
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maxo-texas wrote:
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maxo-texas wrote:

I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days.


By blaming the partizan democrats for not rubber stamping Trumps nominees, no matter how unqualified, thus leaving gaps in the government and the president unadvised on important matters that he didn't know existed because he blew off 9 out of 10 security briefings.

But hey, did you see how bad SNL was this week? NOT FUNNY. SAD.



Yes, SNL are hacks on a bad show. It should be cancelled. It's the worst show ever. Everybody knows that.


Not Funny.

WRONG.
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Pretty much matches up to how he handled his campaign organization, so it shouldn't be any surprise to anyone who knows the ACA and Obamacare are the same thing.
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maxo-texas wrote:

I don't see how we cope if a major crisis breaks out in the next 30 days.


By blaming the partizan democrats for not rubber stamping Trumps nominees, no matter how unqualified, thus leaving gaps in the government and the president unadvised on important matters that he didn't know existed because he blew off 9 out of 10 security briefings.


You can't confirm those who haven't been nominated. There are something like 650 senior political jobs in national security areas like DOD, State, etc. Trump team has come up with 28 so far. Way, way, way behind the pace of previous administrations.

Not helped by the fact that among Republicans, the professional national security types like Elliot Cohen were the strongest "never-Trump" types, and Trump and his team have made it clear none of them will be welcome in his administration. (John Bolton was an exception and apparently his walrus mustache disqualifies him, which is a laughable small mercy.)
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There are something like 650 senior political jobs in national security areas like DOD, State, etc. Trump team has come up with 28 so far. Way, way, way behind the pace of previous administrations.


Seems to be a lot of political jobs in administration ... I thought the government was there to conduct policies and the administrations to provide expertise.
 
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I'd get my assets out of the Ukraine and the Baltic States NOW.
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There are something like 650 senior political jobs in national security areas like DOD, State, etc. Trump team has come up with 28 so far. Way, way, way behind the pace of previous administrations.


Seems to be a lot of political jobs in administration ... I thought the government was there to conduct policies and the administrations to provide expertise.


Those are just the ones that need confirmation, there is a whole load more (around 4000) at the next level down which are also appointees.
 
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It seems the snake oil salesman has the same lack of understanding of scale that he has with the economy. Saving a couple of hundred Carrier jobs was a drop in the ocean for the scale of the country. He has nominated several senior level officials, but likely has no idea just how big this task really is.
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I am tremendously relieved, to be honest here. After the most interesting, fascinating presidential race in my lifetime (go back to Johnson-Goldwater), I was a bit depressed when it was over, thinking that Trump's term would be a lot more quiet, what with the Republicans in control of, well, everything.

I better stock up on popcorn and merlot. Who cares if football is almost over for the year?
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Here is a piece by Eliot Cohen in The American Spectator. This won't make Team Trump-Bannon any more anxious to hire him. (He's a neocon foreign policy/national security expert who supported the war in Iraq and served in the State Dept under Bush/Rice.)

Truth in the Age of Trump

A couple of excerpts:

Trump lies because it is in his nature to lie. One suspects that there is nothing inside this man that quivers, however slightly, at an untruth. It is not uncommon for politicians, to a greater extent than most people, to believe what they want to believe, or to change their take on reality depending on what is convenient for them. With Trump, however, this will to believe is pathological: his psyche is so completely besotted by Trump that there is no room for anything, or anybody else.

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No one who backed Trump has any excuse for being surprised by what he does; no one who joins his administration can ever be allowed to claim that they did so in ignorance. We all know who and what he is.

And the rest of us? “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” goes the old saw, and it is truer than ever. Churchill, as always, best laid out the right frame of mind. “Never give in. Never, never, never. Never yield in any way, great or small, large or petty, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

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I'd get my assets out of the Ukraine and the Baltic States NOW.


Your Eastern European porn studio empire?

Will you box up the girls or just buy them plane tickets?
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Pretty much matches up to how he handled his campaign organization, so it shouldn't be any surprise to anyone who knows the ACA and Obamacare are the same thing.


They're the same thing? But I want them to get rid of Obamacare and keep the ACA, fuck.
 
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I'd get my assets out of the Ukraine and the Baltic States NOW.


Your Eastern European porn studio empire?

Will you box up the girls or just buy them plane tickets?


Sold off to the Trump family years ago.
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Will you box up the girls or just buy them plane tickets?

If I cut off your arms and cut off your legs
Would you still love me anyway?
If you're bound and you're gagged, draped and displayed
Would you still love me anyway?
Why don't you love me anyway?

Cutting with the knife, blood is spilling everywhere
She will be my wife
Secondary spine
Incisions must be accurate
I know just what to do
My hands are trembling
I can't spare to slip up with this knife

Her beauty so illogical
The beast come gliding in
Hideous chameleon stripped down to her skin
Dance to the burning flame
Pleasure exhumes the pain
The night bursts into flame
Dance Helena... Dance

If I cut off your arms and cut off your legs
Would you still love me anyway?
There's a spot on the floor where your limbs used to be
And I close the door on my fantasies
Why don't you love me anyway?
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Here is a piece by Eliot Cohen in The American Spectator. This won't make Team Trump-Bannon any more anxious to hire him. (He's a neocon foreign policy/national security expert who supported the war in Iraq and served in the State Dept under Bush/Rice.)

Truth in the Age of Trump

A couple of excerpts:

Trump lies because it is in his nature to lie. One suspects that there is nothing inside this man that quivers, however slightly, at an untruth. It is not uncommon for politicians, to a greater extent than most people, to believe what they want to believe, or to change their take on reality depending on what is convenient for them. With Trump, however, this will to believe is pathological: his psyche is so completely besotted by Trump that there is no room for anything, or anybody else.

...

No one who backed Trump has any excuse for being surprised by what he does; no one who joins his administration can ever be allowed to claim that they did so in ignorance. We all know who and what he is.

And the rest of us? “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” goes the old saw, and it is truer than ever. Churchill, as always, best laid out the right frame of mind. “Never give in. Never, never, never. Never yield in any way, great or small, large or petty, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

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It's a post truth world. Sad.
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