It’s All About the Plum Book!!!


By Mike Tietsort

For Veritatis Politica


When thinking about who to vote for in any Presidential election the one thing that should be first and foremost in your mind is the Plum Book.  The Plum Book, officially known as the “United States Policy and Supporting Positions” contains the list of the approximately 1,200 Presidential appointments.  When thinking of how a President actually governs, it is by committee, sure the buck stops at the Oval Office, to paraphrase President Truman, but how a President governs is by selecting people who share his/her views and putting them in charge of a Department, Committee, Agency, ect.  The President may give some instruction as to how to implement things or what to emphasize, and of course steps in on the big tough decisions that come up from time to time, but for the most part the President Governs by appointment.  The Executive Branch is broken into 15 Departments with a Cabinet Level appointee running each Department, also considered in the Executive Branch are Government Corporations, Committees, and Agencies  (see figure PB1.1).


Executive Branch Ogan-Chart

Figure PB1.1

Now by no means do I think a person should know who a candidate would appoint to every post and position before voting for them.  I am not even advocating for candidates to state exactly who they will appoint to Cabinet level positions, although a short list would be nice.  No, what I am suggesting is that during Primary Debates and Campaigns candidates give at the very minimum an idea of the type of person they will appoint to every Cabinet Level position.  In the 2016 primaries to date only one candidate has done this.  In the second Democratic debate Senator Bernie Sanders stated “here is my promise, Wall Street representatives will not be in my Cabinet”. No other candidate has stated anything near as telling as to how exactly they will govern and corporate media did not make mention of it at all.  If Senator Sanders becomes President Sanders and keeps this promise it would be huge and the very first time Wall Street representatives have not dominated a Cabinet since the President Carter administration.


The importance of Cabinet level positions cannot be over stated and the sad fact is most Americans have no idea who these people are, what they do, or how they Govern.  Here is a list of Cabinet Level positions (in order of secession):

  • Vice President
  • Secretary of State
  • Secretary of treasury
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of Interior
  • Secretary of Agriculture
  • Secretary of Commerce
  • Secretary of Labor
  • Secretary of Health & Human Services
  • Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
  • Secretary of Transportation
  • Secretary of Energy
  • Secretary of Education
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Secretary of Homeland Security
  • **below here not Department heads but are considered Cabinet level positions**
  • White House Chief of Staff
  • Administrator of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)
  • Director of the Office of Management & Budget (OMB)
  • United States Trade Representative
  • United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
  • Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Looking at these key positions (and a few more non-Cabinet Positions, like FED Chair, XXX***XXX) is the very best way to evaluate a potential President.  A quick glance in the abstract at the FED Chair and Cabinet positions for example:


This is an incomplete article I am just trying to teat inserting photos, graphs, bells and whistles… will finish soon.

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