The continued lowering of standards in government

The Trump Administration seems to take pride in finding people to nominate for important positions who aren’t really qualified to do them. We’ve seen judges who’ve never issued an opinion until now, we’ve seen wedding planners appointed to oversee federal funding for housing, and we’ve seen talk-show hosts nominated to be head scientist at the …

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Pruitt’s former Chief of Staff talks

And Congressional Democrats demand answers from Pruitt. They wrote a letter to him. Read the whole thing. The sense of entitlement Pruitt exhibits is astonishing. This is a guy who is, after all, just another lawyer from Oklahoma. He apparently decided the taxpayers could and should pay for his travel destinations. “Find me something to …

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Pruitt’s job failures

Politico has an article which might relieve some of us who are infuriated with EPA’s Scott Pruitt as much for the regulations he’s trying to roll back as for his dishonesty and lack of ethics. It’s titled The Myth of Scott Pruitt’s EPA Rollback, and it explains that despite the seemingly daily press release from …

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Trump is getting worse

As bad as we thought he might be, he’s becoming infinitely worse. So writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post, and it’s impossible to disagree. What’s really terrifying is that the Republicans in Congress are mostly quiescent. They’re either afraid of Trump’s 35%-of-voters base or they really don’t give a damn about what Tillerson’s done …

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Cover up!

The House Intelligence Committee (that title is now revealed to be an oxymoron) has concluded that, by golly, nobody in the Trump campaign ever did anything really bad with those Russians whom they met for the purpose of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016. Perish the thought! “We …

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30? THIRTY?

Headline: More Than 30 Trump Aides Lose Top-Secret Clearance, Sources Say Jeebus. “All the best people,” he said. “The highest ethics,” he said. “Everybody wants to work in the White House,” he said. This is the most inept and dangerously-stupid President and Administration in American history.

Pruitt and the EPA are insane

Pruitt’s EPA is attempting to roll back no less than the Clean Water Act. The effort is aimed at removing federal Clean Water Act protection from millions of miles of streams and wetlands, including more than 80% of the waters in California and the arid West. The administration last month suspended for two years the …

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A compendium of greed

The Boston Globe’s columnist Michael A. Cohen has compiled a list of some of the more egregious instances of corruption in the Trump Cabinet. It’s got the highlights, from the first-class plane tickets to the dining room set to the excessive use of security details. It’s instructive to see them all laid out in one …

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Trump’s corruption

Forbes magazine has done a deep dive into the President’s real estate holdings and discovered that he’s getting paid approximately 175 million bucks a year in rent from tenants like the government of China and major banks like UBS, Barclays, J P Morgan and Bank of America. Coincidentally (or was it?) In December, Trump tenants …

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