John Kerry as Secretary of State. Chuck Hegel possibly as Secretary of Defense. Just when you thought that Obama’s second term cabinet couldn’t get any worse comes this suggestion from the folks at MoveOn.org (with a little help from Hollywood):
Below is an email from the actor Danny Glover, who worked with the organization Just Foreign Policy to create a petition that's taking off on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear MoveOn member,
Press reports say President Obama will soon nominate a new Treasury Secretary. Press speculation has centered on candidates likely to support the Wall Street agenda of cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits and other domestic spending rather than government policies to create jobs.
We want President Obama to nominate Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, who opposes austerity and wants the government to focus on creating jobs.
That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to President Barack Obama, which says:
We urge you to nominate Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary. Krugman will protect Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts, promote policies to create jobs, and help defeat the austerity dogma in Washington and around the world.
Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.
The very notion of the ultra-liberal New York Times columnist in that positions makes one pine for the good ol’ days of Timothy “Turbo Tax” Geithner, doesn’t it? Although the confirmation hearings could make for some good fun.