Many Conservatives don't seem to see anything wrong with making a former lobbyist for the defence industry your defence minister.
Going from government to lobbying, das ist verbotten! But from lobbying to government? Alles gut. Warum nicht?
Sorry, back to English. I guess they figured it worked out so well for George W. Bush, so why not give it a try?
Courtesy Al Franken and his book Lying Liars...
|Name||PositionIn charge of||Previously lobbied for polluters of||In charge of|
|Mark Rey||Undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment||Forests||Forests|
|Bennett W. Raley||Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science||Water||Water|
|Rebecca Watson||Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management||Water||Water|
|Carmen Toohey||Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska||Alaska||Alaska|
|Patricia Lynn Scarlett||Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management and Budget||Government regulations||Everything|
And that's just from the Department of the Interior! I must admit though, it's an elegant logic. Who would be better suited to write environmental law than a former paid shill for the big polluters? Or, who better to decide what size the warning labels should be on cigarette packages than a former tobacoo lobbyist?
Just don't go back to lobbying after you leave government though, beause that would be wrong. Unless you're John Reynolds, in which case go for it brother.
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