What wouldn’t I give to trade Trump for Justin Trudeau …And not just for looks, civility and intellect!
This text was posted to Facebook, under a photograph of the Canadian Cabinet:
O Canada…..What a cabinet:
Minister of Health is a doctor.
Minister of Transport is an astronaut.
Minister of National Defense is a Sikh Veteran.
Minister of Youth is under the age of 45.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is a former farmer.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was a Scout.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development was a financial analyst.
Minister of Finance is a successful businessman.
Minister of Justice was a crown prosecutor and is a First Nations leader.
Minister of Sport, and Persons with Disabilities is a visually impaired Paralympian.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard is Inuit.
Minister of Science is a medical geographer with a PhD.
New titles include
Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees was an Immigration critic.
There are scientists in the cabinet, and it is made up of 50% women.
And then, of course, there’s the Trump Cabinet….
Betsy DeVos (one of only 3 women) is a religious zealot; she had never set foot in a public school classroom, nor sent her own children to a public school. The effects of that lack of familiarity were in abundant display at her confirmation hearing, where she proved embarrassingly ignorant of Department responsibilities and policies.
It wasn’t that long ago that Jeff Sessions was deemed too racist to be a federal judge by his Republican colleagues. He has reinstituted policies that decades of research have demonstrated are counterproductive.
Scott Pruitt (aka Mr. Fossil Fuels) has done his best to destroy the environment and roll back regulations meant to safeguard clean air and water.
Ben Carson doesn’t seem to know what time it is, let alone what housing policy is. Ditto Rick Perry over at the Department of Energy–the name of which he forgot during the GOP primary debates.
Rex Tillerson may have run an oil company, but management experience hasn’t kept the seasoned veterans who have fled the State Department in droves, or kept the President from ignoring him. (In typical Trump fashion, the President says his is the only voice that matters anyway.)
Tom Price is already gone–too extravagant even for Mr. Gold Toilet.
Ryan Zinke wants to sell off National Monuments and remake Interior into a paramilitary something or other….
I could go on. And on. Even the less horrifying nominees have mostly come to their positions with absolutely no background in public service and no obvious aptitude for it.
Not only do we not have a cabinet that looks like America, we don’t have a cabinet that gives a rat’s patootie about America, or Americans, or the common good.
We’ve all seen better cabinets at IKEA.