President Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder, the former CEO of Hardee’s, as Labor Secretary was one of the first major red flags about the incoming Trump administration. He was so bad that National Review wouldn’t even defend him. Bannon played a key role in blocking Puzder and ultimately he withdrew his nomination instead of a facing a rough confirmation hearing.
Now that Sloppy Steve is gone, Puzder is back with a new editorial in The Wall Street Journal selling Trump’s Reaganite economic policies as a boon to the working class:
“The formula is simple: When the economy accelerates, employers compete for employees and wages increase. I experienced this during my 17 years as CEO of a national quick-service restaurant chain. The stronger the economy, the harder it was to get good employees. Conversely, when growth is weak, as it was during most of the Obama presidency, employees compete for jobs and wages stagnate. …”
Apparently, Puzder is under consideration for a new role in the Trump White House:
“Spotted at the White House recently: Andy Puzder, Trump’s first pick for labor secretary, who dropped out of the confirmation process in February amid allegations of domestic abuse.
Now the White House is considering Puzder for a yet-to-be-determined slot in the administration, according to three people close to the White House.
It’s not clear what role Puzder could take, these people said, though it would have to be a non-Senate-confirmed slot given his withdrawal as labor secretary. Puzder, who denied the abuse allegations made by his ex-wife in a 1990 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” also acknowledged employing an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper. …”
I’ve heard that Larry Kudlow might be coming into the White House too. Imagine having Gary Cohn, Larry Kudlow and Andy Puzder as the economic face of the Trump administration. Kudlow is even delusional enough to think that he can get rid of Bannon and sell neoliberalism as “the resurgence of real American populism.” This could actually happen.
Why not hire Kevin Williamson? He would make a great addition to this populist economic dream team. Rich Lowry is even giving Trump an A+ on Morning Joe.