A Rand Paul Cabinet...Submitted by goldenequity on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:07
So ya wanna be President? You're going to have a 'smaller' government? Oh-o-o-ooo K!
It's simply MIND BOGGLING..
Let's look at 'just' the number of Presidential appointees upon gaining office... before 'playing' with the 'key' positions.
Let's talk about cabinet positions... but first, a little education.
Regarding Appointments that come 'under' Presidential Executive Authority via Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, known as the Appointments Clause...
Did you know:
Since 2011, when Obama 'streamlined' the process (by INCREASING the positions NO LONGER NEEDING Senate approval), that there are now (GAO reported) a TOTAL of:
3,799 politically appointed, Executive 'controlled' federal positions... including:
►1,217 Presidential Appointments WITH Senate approval (PAS) (top of 'food chain'/Cabinet Agency Secretaries)
►321 Direct Presidential Appointed Positions (PA) no Senate approval (While 'direct' often serve PAS appointees but include 'Czars')
Sub Appointments/ no Senate approval of the above:
►789 Senior Executive Service (SES) Appointments/no Senate approval (sub appointments w/ Presidential review and serve PAS; are THE major link to Federal workforce)
►1,392 Schedule C Appointments/no Senate approval (sub appointments w/ Presidential review, usually changed w/ EACH incoming President & handed out as 'political favors')
"At the Pleasure of the President"
By their very nature, presidential political appointments are not for people looking for a stable, long-term career. In order to be appointed in the first place, political appointees are expected to support the policies and goals of the president's administration. As the GAO puts it, "Individuals serving in political appointments generally serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not have the job protections afforded to those in career-type appointments."
Ok.. that's a brief overview of almost 4000 leadership positions that a President DIRECTLY HIRES to carry out his 'policies' AND Federal Law!
That's a LOT of responsibility YOU must delegate and 'trust' to fulfill what YOU promised to the VOTERS who elected you. MOST of these people you won't and haven't ever met!! (and YOU'RE responsible for THEIR screw-ups... the LEAST you can do is FIRE them when they screw up... Barry hasn't fired ONE!!! --but I digress..)
Let's focus on the PAS positions... the TOP of the Federal 'Food Chain'.
There are 1,217 PAS Positions... and that's TOO many to rationally discuss...
►Here are just 30 of the White House Cabinet/+ positions (not tenured)
that a 'President Rand Paul' will replace w/ Senate approval :)
(1) Vice President of the United States ???
(2) Secretary of State ???
(3) Secretary of the Treasury ???
(4) Secretary of Defense ???
(5) Attorney General ???
(6) Administrator - Drug Enforcement Administration ???
(7) Director - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(8) Inspector General
(9) Director of National Drug Control Policy ("Drug Czar")
(10) Secretary of the Interior ???
(11) Secretary of Agriculture ???
(12) Secretary of Commerce ???
(13) Secretary of Labor ???
(14) Secretary of Health and Human Services ???
(15) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development ???
(16) Secretary of Transportation ???
(17) Secretary of Energy ???
(18) Secretary of Education ???
(19) Department of Veterans Affairs ???
(20) Secretary of Homeland Security ???
(21) Office of Management and Budget (Executive Office of the President) Director
(22) FEMA Director
(23) White House Chief of Staff ???
(24) Environmental Protection Agency / Administrator ???
Select Committee on Intelligence
Department of Justice
(25)Assistant Attorney General - National Security Division
Department of State
(26)Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research
Department of the Treasury
(27)Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis
Central Intelligence Agency
Director of National Intelligence
(29)Principal Deputy Director
(30)Director, National Counterterrorism Center
►This is just 30... you've got 3,769 more 'trusted' appointees to go.
Obama's been there for almost 6 years and plenty of positions remain unfilled... and THESE 4000 only include the untenured positions...
Every DAY brings a NEW batch of 'expiring' terms for THOUSANDS MORE 2/3/4/5/6 year 'tenured' positions that expire & come under executive authority which you have to (obviously) then delegate and trust to sub-appoint to GOD KNOWS WHO higher up in your administrative food chain.
It's a FRANKENSTEIN on autopilot... and these are just the 'top' positions.. every one of the 'secretaries' have under-secretaries with under-secretaries and other management officials and on and on.
I think, when you come down to it... it's MORE about the FIRING than the HIRING.
I wonder if Rand Paul is up for it. We desperately need it.