Currently, at the Daily Mail, Mary Kekatos covers the speculation about who would be part of her cabinet.
Naming those early could help her campaign. We voters would know the package we are buying. Finally, some real transparency in politics.
There are myriad Cabinet positions to fill.
Here are some of the key ones, with recommendations for the best fits for them:
U.S. Attorney General. After he was terminated by U.S. President Donald Trump, Preet Bharara has let us know him better. That's primarily through his much-followed social media (https://twitter.com/PreetBharara).
Many of us are impressed with his high intelligence, strong knowledge of the law, and seeming understanding of how the world really works. Yes, it's Bharara who should be nominated to be vetted by the Judiciary Committee.
Secretary of the Treasury. Michael Arrington had been a practicing lawyer before he became a publisher (founder of TechCrunch), then a venture capitalist. Most recently, he has been the informal brand ambassador for cryptocurrencies, which are based on blockchain. Recently he co-launched XRP Capital, a hedge fund dominated by cryptocurrency.
Arrington would lead the U.S. Treasury (and regulatory agencies) in understanding the implications of all technologies, not only blockchain.
Secretary of Education. Elie Mystal, current editorial head at Abovethelaw.com, could reform education, on a pragmatic basis. In his youth, he matriculated at Harvard undergraduate and Harvard Law School. After all that, and with $150k in student loans, he discovered he didn't want to be a lawyer.
I wish there had been an Elie Mystal around when I had the choice of accepting a fellowship for the doctoral program in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan or be hired by New Jersey Bell in public relations. Because I took the road more traveled in the 1970s (the more education, the better), it wasn't until I was 34 that I landed a corporate position in public relations.
Secretary of Defense. Obviously, who's needed is a leader with a deep knowledge of technology and communications patterns.
Mark Zuckerberg can take a leave of absence from Facebook to serve his country in this position. This could be the platform for his eventual run for public office.
Secretary of State. We didn't need Pope Francis to warn us that the winds of war are blowing everywhere. The right professional for preventing war is an expert in crisis management. The current global crisis czar is Gene Grabowski, a partner at kglobal public affairs.
Grabowski's genius, like that of Mystal, is pragmatism. Read this thought leadership piece and you'll see what I mean.
Secretary of Labor. With stagnant wages and the threat of technology eliminating jobs, all workers need a compassionate champion. It's predicted, for example, that blockchain can do to banking what the internet did to media.
During the presidential debates of Campaign 2016, Bernie Sanders showed he's on our side.
Secretary of Homeland Security. The unthinkable becomes thinkable. Ed Snowden knows the communications part of this game. Give him the opportunity for a mea culpa, then make him responsible for protecting the nation - and our allies.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. There is a shortage of affordable housing. The surging rate of homelessness in cities confirms that. Imaginative leadership with a start-up mindset is needed.
Vacant malls, for instance, can be retrofitted into the old-line SROs, apartments for families, and shelters for those in transition. Prisoners can be released for work duty on constructing low-rise subsidized apartment complexes. Cities can follow the LEED guidelines for ensuring lots of convenient, low-cost public transportation.
The person to make this happen is Peter Thiel. It's irrelevant that he is a Republican. Read his best-seller "Zero to One" and you will get it that this former lawyer understands how to get things done. Recently, his Founders Fund made a major investment in bitcoin. Perhaps the funding for these initiatives could be through cryptocurrencies.
But, of course, the world keeps changing. People change. Oprah will change. So, this list and other possibilities we can think of aren't cast in stone. What is required is to open our hearts and minds to approaching challenges in fresh ways.
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