Donald Trump has decided to put his personal doctor in the United States Cabinet as secretary for Veterans Affairs. In spite of Dr. Ronny Jackson’s complete lack of any administrative experience (the VA employs about 400,000 people) and questionable command of medicine (he has called a splotchy, rotund, orange geriatric with early-onset dementia the picture of health and mental acuity), this makes a certain amount of sense. After all, if the president’s personal pilot is the perfect man to lead the FAA, why not? Plus, that lack of any management background will make Jackson the perfect guy to just do what the president says, which may well be to privatize America’s entire system for caring for its retired soldiery.
To which we say, why not just cut out the middleman? Steve Cohen is both having a bit of a rough time in convincing people to make him their hedge fund manager of choice once more, and building up a parallel private VA. Making him David Shulkin’s replacement solves the first problem and immeasurably assists on the second, as well. Plus, Cohen would fit in much better with the current Cabinet than some pauper who’s spent his entire