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A GOVERNMENT OF LOOTERS
From health care and tax policy to environmental protections, this will undoubtedly be a government of the looters, by the looters, and for the looters, and a Congress of the same.
As of yet, however, we’ve seen only the smallest hints of what is to come.
be the greatest criminals of all time.
Think of them as “terrarists” and their set of acts as, in sum, terracide.
If there’s a single figure in the Trump administration who catches the essence of this, it is, of course, former ExxonMobil CEO and present Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His former company has a grim history not just of exploiting fossil fuels come (literally) hell or high water, but of suppressing information about the harm it has done, via greenhouse-gas emissions that heat the atmosphere and the Earth’s waters, while funding climate denialism;
of, in short, destroying the planet in an eternal search for record profits.
originally posted by: The GUT
I'll check it out, but in the meantime here's James Corbett's take on Chomsky: Meet Noam Chomsky, Academic Gatekeeper.
Then again, people still can't see just how much Reagan negatively affected the working class over the long haul so maybe they'll never see it for what it is
The administration is repealing consumer and environmental protections left and right.
The Education Department is making it easier for for-profit colleges to defraud students.
The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed an air pollution rule that the agency had determined would likely prevent the poisoning of children.
They’re laying out changes opposed by insurers, providers and patient advocacy groups. They are doing so with no hearings and no expert input, and reportedly with
a scheme to sideline the one neutral referee of the law’s potential impact, the Congressional Budget Office. Attention must be paid!
There’s the Election Integrity Commission’s fishing expedition for state voter data —
which may have been deliberately bungled in an attempt to distract voters from Republicans’ real, secret goal of dismantling the National Voter Registration Act, or “Motor Voter” law.
There are also the unending attacks on freedom of the press and other First Amendment rights. T
his includes a fight picked with MSNBC hosts, which White House aides lamented as a distraction from the far more important fight with CNN. But wait. All of this silliness is really a form of misdirection so that Americans will forget North Korea recently fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska.
And that no one is even nominated for critical diplomatic and national security posts, such as ambassador to South Korea and assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
I agree with him about Trump being a distraction but disagree with him saying the Republican party is the only one to blame. If anything that statement alone will turn people off from listening to what he's saying. It's the elites who are to blame, they have no political allegiance.
It really disappoints me to hear all he had to say only for him to end up blaming one side instead of both. Makes me think no Republican will take what he says into account. He is right on the head about Trump being a distraction from real issues, he's wrong about it being only the Republicans. What a shame that he ruined his entire point on some people with those comments.
Donald Trump’s daily assaults on American democracy and the pillars of America’s role in the world are disastrous
– and they are also distracting America from even bigger global challenges.
At just the moment when the United States must be joining together with the rest of the world to confront three existential threats – climate change, challenges to democracy, and the rise of China – Americans are forced to spend every waking minute mitigating Trump’s damage.
Democratic values are in jeopardy in Trump’s America too.
Trump is attacking democratic institutions from the judiciary to the FBI.
He is eroding norms once thought sacred, such as avoiding business conflicts of interest.
He exhibits authoritarian impulses like asking officials for personal loyalty.
And he is stoking white nationalism while pursuing discriminatory policies against minorities.