Trump cabinet choices solid?

Many of the people President-elect Donald Trump has selected for top positions in his administration have no experience in the federal government. That is a terrible, dangerous thing, Trump’s critics charge.

No, it is not. For many years, both Republican and Democratic presidents have filled key positions with veterans of the Washington scene. Too often, that has translated to a go-along-to-get-along mentality. No one wants to rock the boat.

Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency is an example of the outcry over naming “outsiders.”

Defenders of the EPA — and big, intrusive government in general — whine that Pruitt cannot possibly do a good job. Their concern is that, in his state post, he has participated in lawsuits aimed at reining in the EPA.

Good. Someone with that attitude may be just what the reform doctor ordered. After all, how can Trump be expected to drain the swamp that is Washington if he puts alligators in charge of the process?

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