|The Obama Cabinet on Press Day|
Surely somebody in the Romney-Ryan campaign is making short lists for the Cabinet. Here's mine:
VICE PRESIDENT - Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) Dick Cheney is said to worship the ground Ryan walks on, ..Pretty good for a long time member of the Republican House Leadership who, himself served as Gerald Ford's Chief of Staff and G.W. Bush's Vice President. Ryan fits in his relationship to the powerblock in the House: Tea Party independent thinkers. His Task: Thrash the budget, eliminate ear marks and make The Economy HAPPEN as Mitt downsizes the American Government in the direction Washington and Franklin intended.
These two iconic founding fathers believed that a federal government should handle a centralized postal system (Ben's idea) and George's thought that America existed to rally the national guard in defending the United States under a central command. Another founding father, conspicuous by his absence at the two continental congresses that produced both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was Patrick Henry who "smelled a rat" as some founding fathers rubbed their hands together in anticipation of a national tax system that has ended up lately building bridges to nowhere in Alaska and Brazilian Butterfly studies!!! .
NOTE: In eighth grade at Laramie Junior High School, our civics teacher Mr. Plothow taught us a pneumonic device (my first) to remember the cabinet officers of the president. It was 1959 at the end of the prosperous Eisenhower 2nd term, the height of the cold war! Here it is: ST. DAPIACL Short for State, Treasury, Defense, Attorney General, Post Master General, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor. Since then we have added Health Education & Welfare, Transportation, Energy, Education and Veterans and Homeland Security at the cabinet level. (EPA, FBI, CIA etc...all important are not cabinet level positions)
Here's my picks in the order the cabinet officers were added historically::
STATE Jon Huntsman Jr. once Obama's ambassador to China. Who better to make it stick with our major creditor. Speaks fluent Chinese.
TREASURY Warren Buffet - Who better?
DEFENSE Leon Panetta former Congressman from California, lifelong Democrat Bi Partisan, former Clinton Chief of Staff. It takes a while to master the pentagon. Romney will downsize this department considerably.
ATTORNEY GENERAL Dallin H. Oaks - Former chief clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren on the Supreme Court of the fifties; Former Dean of the University of Chicago Law School; former Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. Would be the first LDS apostle to serve in a president's cabinet since Ezra Taft Benson was Secretary of Agriculture for both Eisenhower terms.
POSTER MASTER GENERAL Eliminate the department in favor of UPS Brown and Fed Ex
INTERIOR Larry Echohawk - Pawnee Indian from Idaho, he was the United States Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs. On May 20, 2009, Echo Hawk joined the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama as the head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. He served as Attorney General of Idaho from 1991 to 1995.
AGRICULTURE Mike Leavitt - Former head of Enviornmental Affairs for G.W. Bush; former Health and Human Services secretary
COMMERCE Dave Checketts; former Vice President of the Utah Jazz, President of the Rio Tinto Professional Soccer Team.
LABOR Aspiring Keep Democrat George Schultz former Secretary of State
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES - Rodney Brady; former deputy Secretary in the Nixon Administration, Harvard PhD in business; former president of Weber State College and CEO of the Bonneville Broadcast Group; former President Deseret Pharmaceutical; Member of the Board of the Boy Scouts of America.
TRANSPORTATION - Dave Neelman, president of Jet Blue Airlines
ENERGY Ron Rifkin - an economist and author who KNOWS the industry (See Grampa in Training ___)
EDUCATION - Cede to the States
HOMELAND SECURITY - a diplomatic top cop, former Republican - Rudy Juliani
FBI Leave 'em there
CIA Leave'em there too!
CHIEF OF STAFF: Distinguished Names of the past: Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, who have all gone on to bigger and better positions running things--or as in Rumsfield's case, thinking they could. Paul Ryan would best qualify in my view, maybe one of Mitt's sons....Mike Leavitt? Stay tuned.
KENNEDY CENTER ADMINISTRATOR - Mike Magleby, the best arts administrator I know.
For the record, here's an official White House Portrait of the current cabinet (Leon Panetta is now at Defense...formerly with the CIA)