The New York Times offers its thumbnail sketches of Trump's new cabinet under the title "Outsiders Selected by Trump Aim to Unnerve Washington."
Seven men and one woman named by Mr. Trump to run vast government agencies share a common trait: once they are confirmed, their presence is meant to unnerve — and maybe even outright undermine — the bureaucracies they are about to lead.
Some of those chosen — 17 picks so far for federal agencies and five for the White House — are among the most radical selections in recent history. Other presidents’ nominees, even when controversial, were often veterans of the Washington bureaucracy and generally believed in it. But a number of Mr. Trump’s most important selections have no experience in federal government and a great drive to undo it. [more...]
Let us hope so! Government by the Administrative State - the bureaucracy - has led to tyranny. It is time to roll the bureaucracy back to manageable levels where we the people, through our elected representatives, become responsible for the laws and regulations under which we choose to live.
Here is the Times' reporting on Trump's selection of David Friedman to be the U.S. Ambassador to Israel:
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far right, as his nominee for ambassador to Israel, elevating a campaign adviser who has questioned the need for a two-state solution and has likened left-leaning Jews in America to the Jews who aided the Nazis in the Holocaust.
Mr. Friedman, whose outspoken views stand in stark contrast to decades of American policy toward Israel, did not wait long on Thursday to signal his intention to upend the American approach. In a statement from the Trump transition team announcing his nomination, he said he looked forward to doing the job “from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.” [more. . .]
Seems a really gutsy choice to me!