Did you vote for Pres. Elect Trump hoping for change in Washington?
Tired of the “Political Elite” running the show and dragging down America?
If you did, well let’s look at the direction Mr. Trump is leaning vis-a-vis his political appointee considerations.
You will know them by their fruits.
Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:16–20)
For Christians, this verse should be somewhat familiar, however for others; it may not bear much meaning. The intellect behind these words is “Dead On!”
A little history behind these wise words
After warning about false prophets, Jesus tells us what to watch for in identifying them. Because they are so extremely deceptive and dangerous ravenous spiritual and moral wolves in sheep’s clothing-the Lord would hardly have left us without means of determining who they are.
So why not apply this same reasoning to politicians and even more important, political appointees of President Elect Trump.
We can rest assured that we will know them by their fruits. A fruit tree may be beautiful, decorative, and offer pleasant shade in the summer. But its primary purpose is to bear fruit, and it is therefore judged by what it produces and not by how it looks.
Similarly we can look at the Trump appointees and get a feel for who they are and where they intend on going with the United States under their thumb. In kind , by his appointees, we will begin to see who President Elect Trump really is and where he intends to take us. A man is judged by his actions, not simply by his appearance or his words.
The kind of people they are really cannot help being revealed. Some politicians and appointees are noticeably spurious and only the most gullible person would be taken in by them. Others conceal their true nature with remarkable skill, and only careful observation will expose them for what they are. But there is a true assurance in the statement, “you will know” them. There is no need to be deceived if we look closely.
It is the cleverly deceptive false prophet that Jesus is speaking about. No one needs help in deciding that a tree is bad if it bears shriveled, discolored, and obviously rotten fruit-or no fruit at all. It is the tree that appears to bear good fruit, but does not, that is deceptive.
It is possible for grapes to be stuck on thorn bushes and for figs to be stuck on thistles. From a distance they might appear to be growing on real fruit trees. Because the fruit is genuine, naive persons might conclude that the tree itself also has to be genuine.
For years, we have been taken in by these political con men. It is easy for us to be deceived by someone who pretends to be one thing when he is really another.
It is also possible for a tree itself to bear fruit that is colorful, well formed, and attractive, but which is bitter, distasteful, and even poisonous. That kind of bad tree with its bad fruit is much harder to judge than thorn bushes that have grapes on them or thistles that have figs on them. In the second case, both the tree and the fruit appear to be genuine. What it bears have to be examined carefully to determine if it is good fruit or bad fruit.
With that said, let’s look at the shortlist of appointees for President Elect Trump.
Donald J. Trump’s transition team, which was handed over to Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Friday and includes a host of corporate consultants and lobbyists in addition to independent experts, is moving quickly to assemble leaders of the new administration. Here are some possibilities for the cabinet and other key posts.
*Here we must note that Candidate Trump campaigned against the use of Lobbyists in politics and moving away from the political elite i.e. career politicians.
Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus born March 18, 1972) is an American attorney and career politician who is Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He is the White House Chief of Staff designate named by President-elect Donald Trump to the post once Trump takes office in January 2017. He has previously served as RNC general counsel, and is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Most of his career has been in Government service
Stephen K. Bannon Also on Sunday, Mr. Trump announced the appointment of Mr. Bannon, a right-wing media executive and the chairman of the president-elect’s campaign. Many have denounced the move, warning that Mr. Bannon represents racist views. Born on November 27, 1953, in Norfolk, Virginia into a working-class, Irish Catholic, pro-Kennedy, pro-union family of Democrats. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1976 and holds a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. In 1983, Bannon received an M.B.A. degree with honors from Harvard Business School. Bannon was an officer in the United States Navy, serving on the destroyer USS Paul F. Foster as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Pacific Fleet and stateside as a special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.[
John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948) is an American lawyer and career diplomat who has served in several Republican administrations. Bolton served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 until December 2006 as a recess appointee by President George W. Bush. He resigned in December 2006, when the recess appointment would have otherwise ended, because he was unlikely to win confirmation from the Senate in which a newly elected Democratic Party majority would be taking control in January 2007.
Bolton is currently a lobbyist and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), senior advisor for Freedom Capital Investment Management, a Fox News Channel commentator, and of counsel to the Washington, D.C. law firm Kirkland & Ellis. He was a foreign policy adviser to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Bolton is also involved with a number of politically conservativethink tanks and policy institutes, including the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the Institute of East-West Dynamics, the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Council for National Policy(CNP) and the Gatestone Institute, where he serves as the organization Chairman.
Robert Phillips “Bob” Corker, Jr. Career Politician since 1990 Senator from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  (born August 24, 1952) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Tennessee, serving since 2007. Corker, a member of the Republican Party, is currently the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 114th Congress.
In 1978, Corker founded a successful construction company, which he sold in 1990. He ran for the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Tennessee, but was defeated by future Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in the Republican primary. Appointed by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist, Corker served as Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee from 1995 to 1996. He later acquired two of the largest real estate companies in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being elected the 71st Mayor of Chattanooga in 2000; he served one term as mayor from 2001 to 2005.
Corker announced his candidacy for the 2006 U.S. Senate election in Tennessee after Frist, a two-term incumbent, announced his retirement from the Senate. Corker defeated Democratic Representative Harold Ford, Jr. in the general election, with 51% of the vote. In 2012 Corker was re-elected, defeating Democrat Mark E. Clayton, 65% to 30%.
Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, businessman, public speaker, and former mayor of New York City.
Politically a Democrat, then an Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican since the 1980s, Giuliani was the United States Attorneyfor the Southern District of New York during the 1980s. Giuliani prosecuted pivotal cases against the American Mafia, and against corrupt corporate financiers.
During his first term as mayor of New York City, Giuliani hired a new police commissioner, William Bratton, who applied the broken windows theory of urban decay, which holds that minor disorders and violations create a permissive atmosphere that leads to further and more serious crimes that can threaten the safety of a city. Within several years, Giuliani was widely credited for major improvements in the city’s quality of life, and in lowering the rate of violent crimes. While still Mayor, Giuliani ran for the U.S. Senatein 2000; however, he withdrew from the race upon learning of his prostate cancer diagnosis. Giuliani was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001, and was given an honorary knighthood in 2002 by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2002, Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners (security consulting), acquired and later sold Giuliani Capital Advisors (investment banking), and joined a Texas firm while opening a Manhattan office for the firm renamed Bracewell & Giuliani (legal services). Giuliani sought the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nomination, and was considered the early front runner in the race, before withdrawing from the race to endorse the eventual nominee, John McCain. Giuliani was considered a potential candidate for New York Governor in 2010 and for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. However, Giuliani declined all races, and instead remained in the business sector.
Thomas Barrack Jr. Founder, chairman and executive chairman of Colony Capital; private equity and real estate investor. His first job was at the law firm of Herbert W. Kalmbach, President Richard Nixon‘s personal lawyer. He then worked in Saudi Arabia for the Fluor Corporation. He then learned Arabic and worked for Saudi princes. Shortly after, he helped open diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Haiti, then ruled by Jean-Claude Duvalier, at the request of investor Lonnie Dunn.
Barrack was later a principal with the Robert M. Bass Group. In 1990, he founded Colony Capital, and received initial investment from Bass and GE Capital, and later from Eli Broad, Merrill Lynch, and Koo Chen-fu. He has invested some $200 million in Middle East real estate, $534 million in non-performing German real estate loans, and a $24 million loan to photographer Annie Leibovitz. He also owns the Neverland Ranch. Through Colony Capital, he runs a $25 billion portfolio of assets, from the Fairmont Raffles Hotels International hotel chain in Asia, the Aga Khan‘s former resort in Sardinia, Resorts International Holdings, One&Only Resorts, Atlantis, etc.
Barrack is a Trustee at the University of Southern California. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Accor, Kerner, First Republic Bank, Continental Airlines, Korea First Bank, and Megaworld Properties & Holdings. Additionally, French president Nicolas Sarkozy awarded him France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.
As of September 2011, Barrack was the 833rd richest person in the world, and the 375th richest in the United States, with an estimated wealth of US$1.1. billion. However, he was no longer a billionaire in 2014.
Jeb Hensarling Representative from Texas and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Long time American politician who has served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas’s 5th congressional district since 2003. A member of the Republican Party, Hensarling currently chairs the House Financial Services Committee, and has previously served as the chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2011 to 2013
Hensarling graduated from Texas A&M University; he received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1979. In 1982, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He is an Eagle Scout.
Steven Mnuchin Former Goldman Sachs executive and Mr. Trump’s campaign finance chairman. Steven Mnuchin was born to a Jewish family.
In 2002, Mnuchin left Goldman and worked briefly for his Yale roommate Edward Lampert, chief executive of Sears. He also briefly worked for Soros Fund Management in their private equity division during the “Goldman” period with Jacob Goldfield and Mark Schwartz.
After this stint, he founded RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which produced a number of notable films, including the X-Men film franchise and Avatar. Dune bought the failed housing lender IndyMac in 2009, buying it out of bankruptcy from the FDIC and renaming it OneWest with Mnuchin as chair. According to The New York Times, OneWest “was involved in a string of lawsuits over questionable foreclosures, and settled several cases for millions of dollars.” OneWest was sold to CIT Group in 2015.
In November 2016, two nonprofits filed a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleging redlining by OneWest Bank.
The California Reinvestment Coalition, which opposed CIT Group’s acquisition of OneWest, helped to highlight a number of issues about the bank, using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. First, the “shared loss agreements” that Mnuchin and his group of investors secured from the FDIC when buying IndyMac and La Jolla banks proved to be quite lucrative. According to data obtained from the FDIC, as of December 2014, it had already paid out over $1 billion to OneWest for the costs of failed loans (foreclosures). The FDIC estimated it would have to pay out another $1.4 billion to OneWest before 2019.
CRC also submitted a FOIA request to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to learn more about OneWest’s reverse mortgage subsidiary, Financial Freedom. According to the data that HUD provided in its FOIA response, Financial Freedom foreclosed on 16,220 federally insured reverse mortgages from April 2009 to April 2016. This represents about 39% of all federally insured reverse mortgage foreclosures during that time frame. The 39% figure was criticized by CRC, who estimated that Financial Freedom only serviced about 17% of the market. In other words, Financial Freedom was foreclosing at twice the amount that one would expect, given its share of the market.
CIT Group, which purchased OneWest, disclosed to investors that it had received subpoenas from HUD’s Office of the Inspector General in the third and fourth quarters of 2015.
Because Mnuchin received stock in CIT Group when it purchased OneWest, it’s possible he could sell it tax free if he were confirmed to be Treasury Secretary and if he reinvested the proceeds in Treasuries or government approved funds, according to Bloomberg, which suggests Mnuchin has $97 million in CIT stock.
Timothy James “Tim” Pawlenty born November 27, 1960 is president and CEO of Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington, D.C.-based industry advocacy group. He was a Republican politician who served as the 39th Governor of Minnesota(2003–2011). He previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives (1993–2003), where he was majority leader for two terms. In 2011, he entered the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and later was a potential vice presidential nominee before serving as co-chair of Mitt Romney‘s campaign.
Pawlenty was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and raised in nearby South St. Paul. He graduated from University of Minnesota with a B.A. in political science and a J.D. His early career included working as a labor law attorney and the vice president of a software as a service company. After settling in the city of Eagan with his wife, Pawlenty was appointed to the city’s Planning Commission and was elected to the Eagan City Council at the age of 28. He won a seat as a state representative in 1992, representing District 38B in suburban Dakota County. He was re-elected four times and was voted majority leader by House Republicans in 1998.
After narrowly winning the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2002, Pawlenty won a three-way election for Governor of Minnesota, and was re-elected in 2006
So there you have a sampling of the Trump Administration Top Picks. Here are some more that you may find interesting once you investigate their backgrounds.
Tom Cotton Senator from Arkansas who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army infantry officer
Stephen J. Hadley National security adviser under George W. Bush
Duncan Hunter Representative from California and Marine reserve officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan
Jon Kyl Former senator from Arizona
Jan Brewer Former Arizona governor
Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner
Harold G. Hamm Chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company
Forrest Lucas President of Lucas Oil Products, which manufactures automotive lubricants, additives and greases
Sarah Palin Former Alaska governor
Sam Brownback Kansas governor
Chuck Conner Chief executive officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Sid Miller Texas agricultural commissioner
Sonny Perdue Former Georgia governor
Dan DiMicco Former chief executive of Nucor Corporation, a steel production company
Lewis M. Eisenberg Private equity chief for Granite Capital International Group
Victoria A. Lipnic Equal Employment Opportunity commissioner and work force policy counsel to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Mike Huckabee Former Arkansas governor and 2016 presidential candidate
Bobby Jindal Former Louisiana governor who served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Rick Scott Florida governor and former chief executive of a large hospital chain
James L. Connaughton Chief executive of Nautilus Data Technologies and former environmental adviser to President George W. Bush
Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner
Harold G. Hamm Chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company
Williamson M. Evers Education expert at the Hoover Institution, a think tank
Jeff Miller Retired chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee
Joe Arpaio Departing sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz.
David A. Clarke Jr. Milwaukee County sheriff
Rudolph W. Giuliani Former New York mayor
Michael McCaul Representative from Texas and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee
Jeff Sessions Senator from Alabama who is a prominent immigration opponent
Myron Ebell A director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent climate change skeptic
Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner who was involved in drafting the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Jeffrey R. Holmstead Lawyer with Bracewell L.L.P. and former deputy E.P.A. administrator in the George W. Bush administration
Dan DiMicco Former chief executive of Nucor Corporation, a steel production company, and a critic of Chinese trade practices
Kelly Ayotte Departing senator from New Hampshire and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee
Richard Grenell Former spokesman for the United States ambassador to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration
By their fruits, you will know them.