By Mike Bloomberg
The Rhode Island governor stands for progress built on capitalism.
President-elect Joe Biden has made a number of excellent selections for his cabinet — including three who have recently led city halls: Marty Walsh for Labor, Marcia Fudge for Housing and Urban Development, and Pete Buttigieg for Transportation. It speaks to how important mayors have become in the work of governing the country, especially as Washington has abdicated its responsibilities for so many years — and also to how effective mayors have been at making progress even without much federal help.
But it’s not just mayors. One of Biden’s latest picks, Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary, is especially encouraging. The role does not have the highest profile in the cabinet, but it is one of the most important economic jobs in Washington. The Commerce Department exerts great influence across an array of federal economic policies, with a broad reach that exceeds even that of Treasury.