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POLITICS: Bush cabinet reorganization complete

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posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 10:29 AM
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The mass departure from President Bush’s cabinet appears to be over. Bush ended the speculation whether he would replace any more members of his cabinet by announcing that the remaining members would stay. There are still a few positions to fill; replacing members who have resigned, but for now it appears that the exodus is over.


 



www.news.com.au
US President George W. Bush has asked the secretaries of the Transportation, Labor, Interior and Housing departments to remain and they have all agreed, completing decisions about which cabinet members will stay for his second term.
Mr Bush spoke with the four cabinet secretaries - Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao - to secure their decisions to remain in the cabinet, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.
The amount of changeover in Mr Bush's Cabinet is on the high side for a second-term president. Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan saw seven cabinet seats change hands after they won new terms, President Richard Nixon nine and Presidents Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson four each.



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Why did this happen in the first place? If the Bush cabinet was a cohesive and well chosen group there would not be an issue. Some loss was to be expected but this is a little much.
I believe that this is a symptom of a bigger problem within this administration. There appears to be a clash of personalities or ideologies and I think that it is safe to assume that judging from the numbers; the problem may lie in Bush’s agenda.




posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 11:09 AM
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How many altogether walked? Anyone have the list?



posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 01:19 PM
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The replacements are all pending confirmation.


Leaving:

Colin Powell SECRETARY OF STATE
Relaced by Condoleezza Rice

John Ashcroft ATTORNEY GENERAL
Replaced by Alberto Gonzales

Tom Ridge SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Replaced by Bernard Kerik

Tommy Thompson SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
*no announcement on replacement

Spencer Abraham SECRETARY OF ENERGY
*no announcement on replacement

Rod Paige SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
Replaced by Margaret Spellings

Don Evans SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
Replaced by Carlos Gutierrez

Ann Veneman SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
Replaced by Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns

Anthony Principi SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Replaced by Ambassador Jim Nicholson


Staying:

Donald Rumsfeld SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Alphonso Jackson SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Gale Norton SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR

Elaine Chao SECRETARY OF LABOR

Norman Mineta SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION

John Snow SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY



posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 01:50 PM
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Thanks. I'm still not sure what to make of this. Did they step down because they can't go on with the charade? Have they been pressured out because Bush needs people who will uphold the charade?



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