- Jon D. Michaels: Business titans -- like Rockefeller, Mellon, and McNamara -- have been Cabinet secretaries before
- What's different today is a lack of experience in public service and a new relationship between government and business, he says
Jon D. Michaels is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches and writes about administrative law, national security law, privatization, and the separation of powers. He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled "Still No Angels: America's Enduring Commitment to Separation of Powers from Madison to FDR to Trump" (forthcoming, Harvard University Press). Unless otherwise noted below, facts reflect research for his scholarly projects. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump's proposed Cabinet looks straight out of central casting -- only it's for the wrong movie. His choices to lead the Departments of Education, Labor, State, and Treasury are all former business executives. They're perfectly suited to serve as corporate directors of any Fortune 500 company. But as heads of America's most important agencies, they're a troubling fit.