Election 2016

Fill The Swamp

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Despot-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn for the top job at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the office responsible for handling the president's budget proposals.

People familiar with the matter say Cohn's meeting with Trump on Tuesday included talks about a potential job in the new administration, possibly to run OMB, a sprawling office that will handle much of Trump's budget policy after he takes office in January.

If Trump selects Cohn, he would be the third Goldman Sachs alumni to join the despot-elect's cabinet.

Trump selected his chief campaign fundraiser Steve Mnunchin, who worked at Goldman for 17 years, to serve as treasury secretary. Trump's chief strategist and Breitbart honcho Steve Bannon also worked for Goldman.

Meanwhile, Trump's pick for transportation, Elaine Chao, is a member of the board of Wells Fargo.

I'm old enough to remember when Trump ran a campaign against so-called elitist bankers. His cabinet will be full of them.

  • Badgerite

    I pledge allegiance, to Goldman Sachs, and Wall Street, for which it stands, one street, indivisible, without liberty or justice or healthcare, for any but our most valued campaign contributors. Uh,….makers.

  • Aynwrong
  • Georgie

    They (the commenters) are getting pretty quiet on breitbarf news, and others are very vocal about these new hires for the drumpf Adm.

    • Aynwrong

      I’ve tuned out most of MSNBC since the election. I’d be curious (but not curious enough to find out) if the “centrists” over there are in any way pointing out the mammoth hypocrisy of Trump appointing half of Wall Street to these positions or the gob smacking naïveté of Trump’s so called “economic populist” voters or the insufferable purity of the Sanders/Stein Left.

  • muselet

    When Donald Trump said he’d “drain the swamp,” what he meant was he’d recruit so much of the swamp’s native fauna there’d be none left.

    Anyone who thought he’d behave any differently than this was delusional.


  • Scopedog

    Well, I guess all that worrying about Hillary being in the pocket of Goldman Sachs was…ah fuck it, who am I fooling? Remember all that screaming about Hillary and Goldman Sachs from the far Left/Bernie or Busters/Jill Stein supporters? Yeah, I sure do. And where are these fools right now?

    • Christopher Foxx

      And where are these fools right now?

      Still boasting about how “Bernie would have won!”

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    As an “elitist banker,” myself, I am trying to console myself in these miserable times with the fact that my job is going to get a lot easier when the regulations get shredded.

    Dodd Frank is an important (if imperfect) piece of legislature and it is a colossal pain in my ass. My life is going to get soooo much better without it.

    … At least, until the economy collapses into a steaming pile of rubble that makes the Lehman crisis look like the “good old days.”

  • I think we should start calling the White House, the Gold House.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      An ounce of gold can be pounded out to the area of a tennis court. Doing some quick back-of-the-napkin math and using a gold price of $1200 (pulled out of my ass), and ignoring that the White House is not, in fact, a perfect rectangular prism…

      Gold plating the WH would cost only about $18,000 (ironically, it would be 18k).

    • Aynwrong

      Gold plated seems more likely. And don’t forget the marble.