Thursday, December 8, 2016


F LoBuono

They wanted change - and we're getting it. All of us. Whether we wanted it or not. They were tired of the status quo and, to their credit, did something about it. They said 'NO MORE CLINTONS". Instead, they elected a man with no political experience what-so-ever, Donald J. Trump. And, as the man of his word he has always proven himself to be (nod-nod, wink-wink), he is beginning to implement the changes he promised and his followers so thoroughly wished for. He's got the BULLY PULPIT he has so desperately desired his entire life - and, he's damn well going to use it to advance his agenda! Evidence of this can be found in his endless, baffling Tweets and his approach to the administration of his office.

The Country, and I think it safe to say, the World, will be a fundamentally different place because of those changes. The choices he is making for his Cabinet send a clear message as to the direction he will take us.

And, in my mind, it ain't good.

For Secretary of Education he has chosen a billionaire businesswoman with virtually NO experience in education. She is also a vocal opponent of PUBLIC EDUCATION, preferring the FOR PROFIT school voucher system. She is NO friend of teachers or their Union.

To head the Environmental Protection Agency he has chosen a man heavily invested politically in the fossil fuel business. He is also an inveterate denier of climate change. One MUST ask how a man with such views can head an agency with the words ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION in its title?

The Department of Labor is to be led by a billionaire businessman from the Fast Food industry who has been an outspoken critic of increasing the MINIMUM WAGE. This MUST be seen as a blow to organized labor and working people all over the County.

His proposed National Security Adviser regularly quotes FALSE NEWS sites as sources of accurate information. And, this is the man charged with keeping us safe.

To shepard the Small Business Administration, Mr. Trump has chosen ANOTHER billionaire businesswoman who contributed massive amounts of money to his campaign and is known, along with her husband, for making professional wrestling famous.

The nominated Commerce Security is ANOTHER billionaire businessman renowned for saving failed companies AND for aiding Mr. Trump in restructuring his dept and retain his holdings from his failed Atlantic City casino. No patronage here.

He has chosen a man to head Housing and Urban Development who not only has zero experience in the housing industry but his personal story lends little to his resume. He's a surgeon!

And, the list goes on.

People are saying "give him a chance". And, "it all just might work". Well, that may seem reasonable. However, it just might NOT work and therein lies my fear. I suppose that the Beatles may have said it best in their song "We Can Work It Out":

Think of what you're saying
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright
Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night
We can work it out,
We can work it out

I sure hope so . . . 

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