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Let's Play Name the U.S. Cabinet!
Alex Steffen, 9 Oct 08

So, my earlier piece on the U.K.'s new Department of Energy and Climate Change got me thinking about the U.S. cabinet, and that favorite game of politicos everywhere, Let's Name the Cabinet!

Here's how you play. Here are the current U.S. cabinet secretaries:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Attorney General Michael Mukasey
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
Secretary of Agriculture Edward Schafer
Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez
Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Steve Preston
Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff

And the non-secretarial cabinet members:
White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Stephen Johnson
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jim Nussle
Director of the National Drug Control Policy John Walters
United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab

If you were asked by the next president to appoint the cabinet, who would you choose to fill these roles, and why?

(You are also allowed to say that you would abolish or change the focus of any of them, because we're assuming that the president and Congress will be won over by your brilliance.)

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DHS: Bruce Schnier
ONDCP: George Soros


Posted by: Dan on 9 Oct 08

a few ideas:

Bill McKibben for Secretary of Sustainability (new dept. subsuming EPA, Interior, Energy)
Malik Rahim (New Orleans) for HUD
Bruce Gagnon for Defense
Medea Benjamin for State (or UN Ambassador, or USTR)
Ralph Nader for Justice
Paul Hawken for Commerce/Treasury

It might be interesting to consider reorganizing the gov't to fit the purposes outlined in the Preamble:

1. create a more perfect union
2. establish justice
3. ensure domestic tranquillity
4. provide for the common defense
5. promote the general welfare
6. ensure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity

Pretty broad headings, but ...


Posted by: Skip Mendler on 10 Oct 08

Hey Alex! Who would be some of *your* picks, anyway?


Posted by: Skip Mendler on 10 Oct 08

Treasury and/or OMB: Warren Buffet
Energy: Amory Lovins
Attorney General: Larry Lessig
Homeland Security: Bruce Schneier
Secretary of War: Thomas PM Barnett
Agriculture: Whoever Michael Pollan would suggest
Transportation: Donald Shoup

And I think we need a national chief technology officer, probably someone from Silicon Valley...


Posted by: Zane Selvans on 13 Oct 08



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