The president-elect who loves surprising the media may have a really big project in mind. Bigger, even, than huge.
Many media sources are reporting that Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon-Mobil, is to be designated secretary of state, following a long process that included the courting of Mitt Romney for the job. There is a large camp of Trump haters who will leap to conclusions as to why this is a malign choice. For some people, oil = bad, and ExxonMobil = Rockefeller, so we automatically have a nefarious conspiracy planned. Others will stop mumbling about generals and start mumbling about “lack of government experience” as if it is a bad thing to bring a fresh set of ideas to an institution renowned for its glacial pace and inward focus.
I like his new pick for Secretary of State. I have listened to Tillerson before Congressional hearings and as well on C-Span events. Smart man. I could care less that he did business with Russian oil industry --- good grief ExxonMobile is an oil company and a successful one to boot. Tillerson will get the job of resetting the USA foreign policy on target.
"Trust" is not a term I can use in today's political environment - especially where DC is concerned. Terms like scrutiny; skepticism; results; and earning...as in EARNING one's trust...are at the top of my list.
The truth is that there's a hairline between "trust" and complacency. And there's a hairline between complacency and negligence and outright abandonment.
Trust, but verify has been the mantra of this site since day one! Glenn Beck also used these wise words...
I think this is a fitting addition to this conversation...
The public’s trust in the federal government continues to be at historically low levels. Only 19% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (3%) or “most of the time” (16%).
Fewer than three-in-ten Americans have expressed trust in the federal government in every major national poll conducted since July 2007 – the longest period of low trust in government in more than 50 years. In 1958, when the American National Election Study first asked this question, 73% said they could trust the government just about always or most of the time.
Actually, Beck's expression has been: "Don't take my word for it. Do your own homework."
I trust nothing and no one where DC politics is concerned. Equal opportunity skeptic, baby! Everybody hangs over the glowing hot coals. ;D
Not that this matters at all....but....
My comment was the same in 2013...There was a day when I thought highly of Glenn Beck
But he did use the phrase often always quoting Regan
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Well, one thing is for sure- this will end the need for lobbyists for these industries!!(read sarcasm)
seriously though.. I believe these powerful men who have powerful relationships with powerful Countries will be a tremendous asset to our economic growth. However, we will have to see what this tactic does for our Military strength.
Suzie, I agree with all you said and that includes the "sarcasm" -- one of the things we must keep laser focus on is that we have a Corporatocracy now, given this is true, I think it is, we should watch the new order thing -- President Trump just this week said 100,000's will come into our country, legally, I give him the benefit for now that the newcomers will be for economic needs, add to our country, but citizen workers need preferrence.
It means that powerful men who have powerful relationships with powerful countries are more amenable to working with the military to support their commercial negotiations; foreign countries respect the US military might, and this works in their favor. Traditionally, countries with big trade advantages, muscle US trade reps because of US lobbyists giving in; smaller countries like to trade with US because of fair practices, warranties, high quality standards.
American912, Yes good to remember the "trust but verify" that verification is harder these days. When ones gut feelings is telling you the dots are connecting to a swamp, I can smell just smell it then most likely alligators are lurking/operating just under the surface of the putrid water.
Lewis yes indeed your analogy about fine lines is true.