My Proposed White House Petition – Please Review

The White House has a web page set up to allow citizens to petition the White House on a change in policy or to ask the Administration for clarification on some of its positions. The site is If a petition gets more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House will respond within 60 days.

I was appalled at many of the Secretaries in the Trump Cabinet. Some are on record as opposing the mission of the department they are leading; some are totally unqualified for their position. This cannot lead to good decision making or policy.

I am proposing a petition to address this. Full text is below. Please look over it, and please offer comments on how to improve it. Thank you.

Require qualifications for cabinet-level officials

Some Cabinet Secretaries have been singularly unqualified for their positions. For example, current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has a BS in Animal Science, and is a lifelong politician with no technical expertise in energy. (By contrast, the last Secretary of Energy under President Obama, Dr. Ernest Moniz, has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and is a nuclear physicist.) While we recognize that there are skills other than technical expertise that are useful in these positions, lack of any knowledge or experience calls into question policies from the departments.

We propose that each appointed Cabinet Secretary have a minimum level of education or expertise in his position. A list of qualified education or experience for each department will be determined by an independent panel.

I have not yet posted the petition. Once I do, I will share the URL here. It is only visible to me and people I share it with until it gets 150 signatures. Then it will be publicly searchable on We the People. Once the petition is finalized and posted, I would really like for you to sign it.

And while you’re at the site, perhaps you will be inspired to create your own petition, or to sign one of many that are already there.

This is another small way I am becoming active in government.


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