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On Monday, it was reported that “President-elect Joe Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin to be secretary of defense.” AP News
Also on Monday, it was announced that “Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary.” AP News
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that “Biden has chosen Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank, to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget.” Wall Street Journal
The left is generally supportive of Becerra but skeptical of Austin and Tanden.
A libertarian's take
“In 2017, Becerra's office won a $300,000 legal settlement from Gatorade because of a mobile game that he argued slandered the good name of water. Gatorade had distributed a free mobile game featuring sprinter Usain Bolt. As part of the game, players were encouraged to run through Gatorade logos and avoid patches of water. Becerra actually accused the company of engaging in ‘false advertising’ and trying to convince impressionable children and teens that water is bad for them. This is how stupid Becerra thinks people are…
“It seems like such a little and petty thing, and it is. That's the problem. It is an indication of a person who has very little respect for people's individual health choices, other than for abortion… His record within the state of California shows that Becerra is very happy to use the nanny state power of government to control what you do with your body and property.”
Scott Shackford, Reason