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The big shuffle?
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deadcarp    Posted 11-18-2004 at 00:06:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
how come, now that the dust has settled on another 4 years, how come powell and all these people are abandonimg their careers? was it that cruddy a job or what do they know that we don't?


big fred    Posted 11-18-2004 at 09:05:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
In Powell's case, he's over 65, I think he's entitled to retire. Besides, when he retires, he can make a bundle of money on the lecture circuit and on corporate boards. I'd hardly call that "abandoning his career". The same is probably true of Ashcroft, Paige, Evans and the others.

Let's look historically at past administrations. In the Clinton administration, Sec State Christopher replaced by Albright, Sec Commerce Brown replaced after his death by Kantor, Daly and Mineta, Sec Energy O'Leary replaced by Pena and Richardson, Sec Labor Reich replaced by Herman, Sec Trans Pena replaced by Slater, Sec Defense Aspin replaced by Perry and Cohen, Sec Treasury Bentsen replaced by Rubin and Summers, Sec Ag Espy replaced by Glickman, etc, etc. The only ones to stay for the full 8 years was Sec Ed Riley, Sec HHS Shalala, Atty Gen Reno and Sec Interior Babbitt.


Bkeepr    Posted 11-18-2004 at 04:25:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
GEN Powell always made it pretty clear he took the job reluctantly and was leaving after a single term, so that's no surprise.

As far as the others go, cabinet changes are historically pretty standard after any second-termer gets re-elected. It seems that many of the jobs are *not* as easy as most people thing--they're high-stress, thankless jobs that don't pay very well at least when compared with what they were making "on the outside."

Tom A


DD    Posted 11-18-2004 at 02:22:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Morning Deadcarp, I've been wondering the same thing too. It's one of those things that make you go Hmmmm??? : )


Vern    Posted 11-18-2004 at 23:42:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
After being made to look like a fool in front of the U. N. He didn't want to sully his reputation any further.


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