I thought we could use a catch-all thread where the follies and failures of various Cabinet members could be highlighted. This is as opposed to a thread about, say, Trump’s specific screw-ups or any moral lapses of any legislative member. The point is to illustrate what happens when Cabinet members are chosen for various reasons besides merit.
I got the idea when a park ranger friend shared this article with me regarding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke filed a report on national monument lands. The report would presumably go to the President. Sure, it’s unlikely the President would read it, even if it were distilled down to a few bullet points and insertions of Trump’s name. However, one of the senators from New Mexico wanted to point out a number of factual errors in the Interior Secretary’s report. The misstatements included:
- Roads were closed since the designation of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
- Ranchers have stopped ranching since the designation of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument because of road closures
- Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument abuts the U.S.–Mexico border
- Both monument proclamations need to be amended to protect hunting and fishing rights
Would the Interior Secretary intentionally make falsehoods, or were these honest mistakes? What would he gain? According to another article from the same source, the report recommends that timber and mining companies, among others, would cash in if granted access to these lands.