The Perfect Cabinet

The President is important.

BUT there are other jobs that are just about as important. And in some ways are MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING THE BIG BOSS. The day to day running of the country is in the hands of 23 people who are not elected.

There are several people I’d be happy with as President. Some of them may even get into the projected list below.

My challenge to you all is WHAT IS THE PERFECT CABINET?

Let’s not argue about getting rid of cabinet positions. That’ll take Congressional approval;. Let’s just look at who would make good on the various offices.

The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. Established in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments, and they are in succession to being them president if something happens to the government.

In order of succession to the Presidency (and my suggestions):

Vice President

Speaker of the House  (Newt Gingrich)

President ProTem of the Senate

State (John Bolton)

Treasury (Mitt Romney)

Defense (Allen West)

Justice (Trey Gowdy or Andrew Napolitano)

Interior (Sarah Palin)


Commerce  (Rick Perry)

Labor (Scott Walker)

Health/Human Services (Ben Carson)

Housing/Urban Development




Veterans Affairs

Homeland Security (Joe Arpaio)

The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank but are NOT in the order of Presidential Succession:

White House Chief of Staff

Environmental Protection Agency

Office Management Budget

US Trade Representative

US Mission to UN

Council of Economic Advisers

Small Business Admin


Supreme Court (Jeanine Pirro)

Surgeon General (Ben Carson)

White house Press Secretary (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Ben Shapiro)


I’ll be interested to learn your “perfect cabinet”.

~ vonMesser

About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.
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6 Responses to The Perfect Cabinet

  1. Hardnox says:

    Good post. We can all dream can’t we?

    I like your appointee suggestions. I’d like to see a law that removes any and all Czar positions. Putt has 47 and bypasses his cabinet for the most part.

  2. captbogus2 says:

    Good choices, vM. The posts that are not cabinet but given cabinet status…can they be done away with without Constitutional reform?
    In such case you could do away with EPA, Council of Economic Advisers and Small Business Admin.
    What if the cabinet positions such as Hud, Energy and Education were left without a secretary and no funds requested?

  3. vonMesser says:

    Actually Capt – any of the positions could be done away with. All it would take is Congress and the President agreeing on some. DEFENSE used to be two posts – WAR (Army) and NAVY (Navy-Marine). They were combined after WW-2 into a single post. The President could zap all the Czars anytime.

    HUD, HHS, and Education used to be one department: the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

    However, while a number of positions could be zapped, or combined, some of the others are really needed (WH Chief of staff for one).

    When recombining and slicing off the fat, we gotta make sure that only fat gets cut, not muscle. And, like it or not, we’re much bigger and more complex than the Founding Fathers ever believed we would be. (Much as the Church is so far bigger than the Early Church fathers ever dreamed). And as such,l with the greater complexity, the less one person can do alone. After all, the original Encyclopedia Britannica was only 3 volumes, and that included the dictionary.

  4. Kathy says:

    I like your choices too, and some of them would be good in more than one area. I’d pick Jeff Miller (R-FL) to head Veteran Affairs, maybe Sen. Mike Lee in Agriculture and Bobby Jindal in Education. I’d also bring in Megyn Kelly, Charles Krauthammer and Thomas Sowell, although I’m not sure where I’d put them.

    I’d pull out of the UN and do away with the Energy Dept. and the EPA.

    While we’re dreaming, let’s put every department on a limited budget and kill a bunch of those stupid grants. No more of this endless spending and raising the debt ceiling.

  5. Crawfish says:

    Gotta put Duncan Hunter Sr as either VA or DHS.
    Tom Tancredo could also be a good DHS pick.
    Joe Arpaio would be better concentrating on border security as INS Chief.
    Crawfish for VP!!!!

  6. Clyde says:

    Interesting piece, vM. What WOULD be nice if the Cabinet positions had a REQUIREMENT nthat the department head MUST have come from the field in which said Cabinet post would be responsible for. As for who I would pick ? Your choices are good, with the exception of WH press sec. Limbaugh, or Hannity neither one would do it, they can’t afford the pay cut. Shapiro would be good, so would Erick Erickson, or Megyn Kelly. As for the U-frigging-N, I’d say BUH-BYE to it.