In announcing Andrew Puzder as his choice for labor secretary Donald Trump said the fast food tycoon has “created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor.”

No, Herr Trump wasn’t sucking his thumb nor twisting his hair with this effusive non-sequitur about a nominee who is widely reported to be an enemy of improved working conditions for his employees of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. chains

flagbikiniPuzder is one of Trump’s wealthy donors that entitles the president-elect to say good stuff in red carpeting him into his cabinet. It makes no difference that Puzder is a staunch critic of increasing the minimum wage and ending other worker benefits. It’s possible that Trump was first attracted by Pudzer’s restaurant TV ads that feature come-hither shapely women in bikinis, eating thick slabs of hamburgers, which he lovingly calls “very American.” With Trump’s libido known to work overtime, how could he resist?

If you rush to your computer to check out these commercials, you will notice that some of the bikinis are of American flags. Trump wants severe penalties for flag burners . But swift businessman that he is, don’t count on him to complain about bikini abuse of flags for a profit.

As Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, “Welcome to the Monkey House.”

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Speaking of appointments, the best line of his nomination of Ben Carson as Housing and Urban Development secretary came from Columnist Eugene Robinson, who said Carson has experience for the job. “He lives in a house.”