Professionalism, competency matter for president’s Cabinet

When Joe Biden started to assemble his more competent cabinet I had a sense of relief. I have to admit in 2016 I was watching then-President-elect Trump. I wanted a businessman as president. Someone that could bring a fresh perspective to government, shake up foreign policies, and the give the world a jolt from its “This is just how business is done” attitude. Shake up China from taking us for granted and reduce tax to complete for business not chase it away.

This last for years have taught me I was wrong. There’s a reason politicians do the job of politicians. I learned that shaking up the world only causes instability and it’s not about, “this is how we do business,” it’s about balance and without it there’s chaos.

Watching Trump, this last four years, I have watched a man, not change, but dismantle our government. Watched experts fall to opinion, regulations hollowed out for big business self-interest, and taxes changed that seemed to advantage only the top 1 percent. I’ve watched a world pandemic reduced to divisive rhetoric while people in the hundreds of thousands die from something we haven’t seen since 1917, while watching our leader seemingly turn his back on science, its citizens, and any reality that our economy’s not coming back until the pandemic is gone.

One thing Trump did do was snap me out of my complacency of democracy and help me learn government is far more fragile than it appears.

Linda Whittekiend

Everett

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