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You've Got To Pay To Play
By Ernest Stewart

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

R.E.M. ~~~ It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

It used to be that large campaign contributors could look forward to becoming an American ambassador. The larger the check the nicer the location and no doubt some of Trump's backers will wind-up doing just that. Hopefully they will be better suited than Trumps cabinet choices, Joseph Kennedy comes to mind! To be a cabinet member you not only have to be a big donar but also have to hate whatever department Trump puts you in. Some good examples are:
Small Business administrator: Linda McMahon, gave $7.5 million!

McMahon, co-founder of the professional wrestling franchise WWE and a former Republican Senate candidate from Connecticut, was the third biggest financial backer of Trump's presidential bid, giving $7.5 million to pro-Trump super PACs, the RNC and his campaign. Between 2007 and 2009, she and her husband Vince gave $5 million to Trump's charitable foundation. Did I mention Linda knows nothing of small business's, but is an expert at promoting phony business's and phony people like Trump?

Education secretary: Betsy DeVos, $1.8 million (contributed by the DeVos family)

The Michigan billionaire and her husband, Richard, whose father was the co-founder of Amway, are major conservative donors and GOP contributors. The couple gave nearly $317,000 to the Republican National Committee this cycle. Altogether, the DeVos family contributed a total of $1.8 million this cycle to the party and Trump's campaign. Did I mention that Betsy has spent most of her life trying to destroy public education and now given the power to do so, will do so.

Deputy Commerce secretary: Todd Ricketts, $1.3 million (contributed by his parents)

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts - the father of Todd, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs - helped finance Future45, a super PAC that spent lavishly for Trump in the final weeks of the campaign. Joe Ricketts gave the group $1 million. He and his wife, Marlene, also contributed nearly $343,000 to support Trump's campaign and the Republican Party. A one percenter in charge of Commerce, what could go wrong with that?

Treasury secretary: Steven Mnuchin, $425,000

Mnuchin served as Trump's national finance chairman, helping organize dozens of high-dollar campaign fundraisers across the country. The former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund manager also personally contributed $425,000 to the campaign and party. Again, a hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs stooge, (perhaps the evilest company in America) is now in charge of the Treasury, if you think the money is worthless now, just wait 6 months!

Labor secretary: Andrew Puzder, $332,000

Puzder, who runs CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., served on the Trump Victory committee as one of his top fundraisers in California. He and his wife together contributed $332,200. Puzder is a sworn foe of raising the minimum wage. Puzder also opposes the Labor Department's new rule expanding overtime pay. He says it diminishes the prestige of entry-level management jobs. In his frequent op-ed and cable news commentaries, Puzder has championed all aspects of right-wing trickle-down economics and hasn't that worked out well for America since Ray-Gun's came up with that bright idea?

Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross, $200,000

The billionaire investor was an early financial supporter of Trump's campaign. Ross opened his Southampton, N.Y., estate for one of the campaign's first fundraisers, which cost $25,000 a head. Ross personally contributed $200,000. You may recall that Wilbur Ross made his billions from bankruptcies. He specialized in scooping up troubled steel and coal companies with an eye toward tearing them apart and reselling the bits later at a profit. I wonder what he'll do with Commerce, don't you.

As Bob Seger once sang about Tricky Dick, in "Looking Back," "Get you a foxhole, a place to hide, cause when the war comes the cops will be on their side!" When you read this on January 20th it will too late to do anything about it, except digging that fox hole. We are sooo screwed!


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Thanks for the laughs!

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Thanks for the adventure!

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(c) 2017 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 14 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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