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A look at Biden’s Cabinet appointments is quite telling [Video]

Center-left alignment and no great rivalries seem to indicate an administration dedicated to slow leftward drift – but is this really so?

From Fox News writer Sam Dorman, who did the compiling of this information, we have a comprehensive list of the appointment that the Joe Biden (handlers) adminstration intends to employ: (Sam Dorman’s piece appears below, edited slightly for conciseness)

Pending Senate confirmation, here are Joe Biden’s Cabinet choices:

  • Secretary of State: Antony Blinken – Blinken served as deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama.
  • Secretary of the Treasury: Janet Yellen – Yellen has previously served as the chair of the council of economic advisors and chair of the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, she will be the first female treasury secretary.
  • Secretary of Defense: Lloyd Austin – Austin is a retired four-star general with more than 40 years of military service. He would be the first Black defense secretary.
  • Attorney General: Merrick Garland – Garland is currently a federal judge, on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was nominated to the Supreme Court by Obama, but his nomination was never considered by the Senate, ultimately leading to President Trump appointing Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat.
  • Secretary of the Interior: Deb Haaland – Haaland is currently a Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico. If confirmed, she will be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.
  • Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack – Vilsack held this position in the Obama administration from 2009-2017.
  • Secretary of Commerce: Gina Raimondo – Raimondo is currently the governor of Rhode Island.
  • Secretary of Labor: Marty Walsh – Walsh is the current mayor of Boston.
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services: Xavier Becerra – Becerra is the current California attorney general.
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Marcia Fudge – Fudge is currently a Democratic representative from Ohio.
  • Secretary of Transportation: Pete Buttigieg – Buttigieg is a former mayor of South Bend, Ind.  He ran for president in 2020.
  • Secretary of Energy: Jennifer Granholm – Granholm is a former governor of Michigan.
  • Secretary of Education: Miguel Cardona – Cardona is currently the Connecticut commissioner of education.
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Denis McDonough – McDonough was Obama’s chief of staff during his second term. He spent much of Obama’s first term as principal deputy national security advisor.
  • Secretary of Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas – Mayorkas served as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during Obama’s first term and deputy homeland security secretary in Obama’s second term.
  • Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: William Burns – Burns, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan, was undersecretary of state for political affairs and deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration.
  • Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Michael Regan – Regan has worked for the EPA in the past and is currently secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Neera Tanden – Tanden helped draft the Affordable Care Act legislation as an adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
  • Director of National Intelligence: Avril Haines – Haines was deputy CIA director and principal deputy national security advisor under Obama.
  • Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Isabel Guzman – Guzman is currently the director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate.
  • U.S. Trade Representative: Katherine Tai – Tai is the chief lawyer on trade for Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • White House Chief of Staff: Ronald Klain – Klain was Biden’s chief of staff when he became vice president in 2009. He was also chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton administration.

There are also four positions that Biden plans to elevate to the Cabinet level. Here are his picks for those positions:

  • Director of Office of Science and Technology Policy and Presidential Science Advisor: Eric S. Lander – Lander was co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology during the Obama administration.
  • Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors: Cecilia Rouse – Rouse was on the Council of Economic Advisors during Obama’s first term and was on the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration.
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Linda Thomas-Greenfield – Thomas-Greenfield was ambassador to Liberia during Obama’s first term. During Obama’s second term she was assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs. Thomas-Greenfield has also held foreign service positions in Switzerland, Pakistan, Kenya, Gambia, Nigeria and Jamaica.
  • U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate: John Kerry – Mr. Kerry was secretary of state during Obama’s second term. He was a senator representing Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013.

A topical examination of these choices does not reveal the “radical left nightmare scenario” that was forecast the Dems would push, but considering that many of these people held significant positions under the Obama Administration, it at the very least gives the appearance of a very unoriginal “reverse” in policy, almost like somebody was trying to resume the course previously held by the United States.

Under the Obama Administration, that course was very depressed economically, as Obama’s effect on the economy was that of a wet blanket on a fire – the fire still burns but mostly invisibly and it produces a lot of choking smoke. Contrast this with the fire that took the US economy to its best levels ever, and we have an interesting experiment ahead: President Obama tried to take credit for the US economy under President Trump, saying that Trump didn’t start that period of growth, but he, Barack Obama, did.

That claim will be tested.

The foreign policy directions, particularly concerning Russia, do not look dire on paper seeing these appointments, but an article in Izvestia notes that a very strongly trending question on social media comes from Americans – Trump supporters – seeking information on Russian citizenship. To that end, The Duran has probably made a significant contribution to this interest, as many of our pieces have spoken quite highly about Russia and have indeed reached a lot of Trump-supporting Americans who are gravely concerned about their nation’s fate. Many people who read my own newspieces write to me asking me about how to relocate to the Russian Federation.

The surprising element in Mr. Biden’s cabinet picks is its lack of anything unknown or extreme. It would be easy to speculate that this is a move by Mr. Biden’s handlers to keep the US public calm while it gradually cooks the “American frog” by only slowly raising the heat. However, the presence of some 25,000 National Guard troops in Washington DC for the very muted inauguration event. CBS News notes that the events are largely virtual in nature which raises a question: Why are these troops being deployed if there are not big public in-person events taking place? While the answer is ostensibly “because of the January 6th Capitol Hill incident”, I suspect this line betrays part of the truth while deflecting the blame:

Joe Biden is entering the Presidency under a significant (to say the least) cloud of national distrust. The capitulation of all major networks and social media and their coordinated determination not to give the contested election results a fair hearing at any useful level (despite tremendous amounts of evidence, clearly presented in city after city), and the newsmedia blackouts designed to make a non-thinking American sheep think everything is normal (when it clearly is not) – all of this makes a lot of us wonder:

What is really to become of the United States?

The Wall Street Journal video included points at Mr. Biden’s adminstration showing a center-left positioning. I would disagree – though the rather strategic placement of Pete Buttigieg in the Sec Transportation position means he is not likely to be a prominent leader – there is certainly virtue signaling on display with some of the picks, but mostly the direction is “yes men and yes women of the left”. In other election years this would look normal, but the surrounding features of this particular election cycle still give me signals that there is a tiger behind the screen that will be unleashed, and probably sooner than later. That is my personal speculation about this. I do not trust it, but we will have to see. Right or wrong, America’s power brokers have chosen this path. I do not believe the average Americans chose it to the extent the election supposedly shows, but we will have to wait and see what happens.

In the meantime, I will just say – I am grateful not to be living in the United States just now. I hope that somehow I will be proven wrong.

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