I’ve always been the guy that doesn’t get too excited about decisions that come out of Washington, D.C. because those folks are a lot smarter than me and they have a lot more information to work with than me. I still feel that’s the case with most government employees that help run this country.
In comes Donald J. who proves that he’s much better at firing people than hiring people.
At last count there are still hundreds of positions still left unfilled in his administration after folks moved on from the Obama era. Not only are entire departments understaffed, some of the appointments he’s made to top positions are blatantly ridiculous.
Besides the Sonny and Cher duo (Jared and Ivanka) , the gall to put a brain surgeon in charge of housing and urban development demands new oversight into the appointment process – if for only during the Donald J. presidency.
Today I read Donald J. has gone a another step overboard with his selection of Sam Clovis as chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture.
I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for agriculture. If I had a little guidance, I believe I would have gone to school for agriculture instead of electrical engineering. The science and business of food is a diverse industry whose variety I didn’t learn until meeting some folk who work in that field.
I’d never call Mr. Clovis stupid, but there’s no way he should ever be considered a candidate for running the USDA. I’m glad this press release arrived today so I can share what the professional press is saying about this move.
USDA Science Pick Called “Unqualified”
by Andrea Sears
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A leading scientific organization says President Donald Trump’s nominee to be chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is unqualified.
Sam Clovis is a conservative radio talk-show host and a former advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. He’s also a vocal denier of climate change.
Karen Stillerman, a senior analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, calls the Clovis nomination “unacceptable and illegal.”
“He just does not have the training that’s required, either by law or just by common sense, for someone who is going to be overseeing science at a very large federal department that invests billions of dollars annually in research,” she explains.
The White House says Clovis has an MBA and a Ph.D. in public administration, and he has worked at the USDA since Trump took office in January.
But Stillerman points out that the position he would hold – as undersecretary for research, education and economics – has been filled by people with advanced degrees in science.
“The important thing is that the person have some basic grounding in science and how the scientific process works, and how science can best be applied to public-policy decisions,” she says.
The U.S. Code says appointees to the position should be “distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.”
The Union of Concerned Scientists has just released a report on the first six months of the Trump administration’s record on science. Stillerman says the Clovis nomination isn’t unique.
“There are dozens of instances in which the administration has shown disregard for the importance of people with qualifications in science to be making decisions that affect all Americans,” she adds.
The nomination must be approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee.