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The Appointments - Trump's Swamp


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Some of the current people like Conway and Spicer must be wondering what they got themselves into. No matter what they are being paid, it couldn't be worth it.

I don't know. At least they might both get a book out of it, if they stay

long enough. Conway has more entertainment options than Spicer,

who seems like a dull functionary. 

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Some of the current people like Conway and Spicer must be wondering what they got themselves into. No matter what they are being paid, it couldn't be worth it.

But, by and large who ever heard of them before now?  You would be surprised what some people will do for status or publicity.

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Guy must be pretty intelligent. If he saw Trump's press conference,

that can only have reinforced his decision to stay out of this

mess. I also saw the remark about the sandwich. I'm guessing

Donny isn't the bread portion but the filling.

The problem with Harward turning down the job is who will get it now.  It does not have to be approved by the Senate, so no hearings or anything.

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You apparently find Conway more entertaining than I do.

And the large audience of right wingers find her even more

entertaining and that is where the money is to be found. I

think she will make out relatively well, better than a 1970s

Times Square hooker

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The problem with Harward turning down the job is who will get it now.  It does not have to be approved by the Senate, so no hearings or anything.

That is a scary thought, especially with Dave lurking in the background.

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"We already know that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s climate denier nominee to lead the EPA, worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to make this country more dependent, not less, on fossil fuels. He even sent letters written by fossil fuel companies in his own name.

 

What we don’t know is what else is in the 3,000 pieces of correspondence between his office and oil and gas companies. A judge has just ordered that the emails be released by Tuesday, but now Republicans are trying to ram through his confirmation before the American people find out what is in those emails.

 

That is unacceptable. As EPA administrator, Mr. Pruitt’s priority must be the safety of the people of this country, not the profits of the fossil fuel industry. What are the Senate Republicans afraid of?"

 

-Sen. Sanders

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"We already know that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s climate denier nominee to lead the EPA, worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to make this country more dependent, not less, on fossil fuels. He even sent letters written by fossil fuel companies in his own name.

 

What we don’t know is what else is in the 3,000 pieces of correspondence between his office and oil and gas companies. A judge has just ordered that the emails be released by Tuesday, but now Republicans are trying to ram through his confirmation before the American people find out what is in those emails.

 

That is unacceptable. As EPA administrator, Mr. Pruitt’s priority must be the safety of the people of this country, not the profits of the fossil fuel industry. What are the Senate Republicans afraid of?"

 

-Sen. Sanders

too late, scotty is in. :lol:

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Scott Pruitt's Emails Just Hit the Internet-

 

"Pruitt was confirmed as EPA administrator on Friday. Democrats had sought to delay the Senate vote until the emails were released but were unsuccessful.

 

"The emails show a very cozy relationship between Pruitt's office and particularly Devon Energy, as well as other coal, oil and gas companies," said Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy.

 

"Pruitt is the world's top environmental regulator now and these emails raise serious conflict of interest concerns. He has very close ties to fossil fuel firms and has shown himself to be generally opposed to the rules the EPA has to protect the environment."

 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/02/new-epa-head-scott-pruitts-emails-reveal-close-ties-fossil-fuel-interests

 

"This is Scott Pruitt’s mission statement: attack environmental safeguards, protect industrial polluters and let the public pay the price,” Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

 

“These emails tell us that he’s in league with the very industries we’ve now entrusted him to police. He so deeply imbedded himself with energy companies that they described Pruitt and his allies as ‘fossil fuel AGs,’...

 

& https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/22/oklahoma-attorney-generals-office-releases-7500-pages-of-emails-between-scott-pruitt-and-fossil-fuel-industry/

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Scott Pruitt's Emails Just Hit the Internet-

 

"Pruitt was confirmed as EPA administrator on Friday. Democrats had sought to delay the Senate vote until the emails were released but were unsuccessful.

 

"The emails show a very cozy relationship between Pruitt's office and particularly Devon Energy, as well as other coal, oil and gas companies," said Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy.

 

"Pruitt is the world's top environmental regulator now and these emails raise serious conflict of interest concerns. He has very close ties to fossil fuel firms and has shown himself to be generally opposed to the rules the EPA has to protect the environment."

 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/02/new-epa-head-scott-pruitts-emails-reveal-close-ties-fossil-fuel-interests

 

"This is Scott Pruitt’s mission statement: attack environmental safeguards, protect industrial polluters and let the public pay the price,” Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

 

“These emails tell us that he’s in league with the very industries we’ve now entrusted him to police. He so deeply imbedded himself with energy companies that they described Pruitt and his allies as ‘fossil fuel AGs,’...

 

& https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/22/oklahoma-attorney-generals-office-releases-7500-pages-of-emails-between-scott-pruitt-and-fossil-fuel-industry/

I'm going to buy stock in a company that manufactures gas masks.

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I'm going to buy stock in a company that manufactures gas masks.

While the air is a concern, the larger one is the water we drink and the foods we eat that are grown with the water.

When the coal production residue, the coal ash from power plants, the petroleum from leaking piplines, the run-off from agribusiness, etc. gets into the ground, streams, rivers, lakes, resevoirs, etc. that is when the real problem surfaces.

This could be years from now which is why the GOPers, big business, Trump, et. al. don't care.  They will have finished their terms and/or gotten rich and moved to a nicer, cleaner place.

Not to mention sewer treatment facilities and companies/people using those facilities.  Most people are not aware of how much treated sewage is dumped into rivers and lakes that are later used for drinking water production.

Even now, the monitoring is sporadic at best.  EPA sets guidelines but often leaves it up to states and/or industries to do the evaluations.  Many of these are quarterly or annual.  So, you could have contaminants getting into water for months before it is discovered.  If at all, some things are never tested for.

I served on a city council with responsibility for supervising water and sewer operations.  Now serve on a board for a water authority that produces drinking water for thousands of people.

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While the air is a concern, the larger one is the water we drink and the foods we eat that are grown with the water.

When the coal production residue, the coal ash from power plants, the petroleum from leaking piplines, the run-off from agribusiness, etc. gets into the ground, streams, rivers, lakes, resevoirs, etc. that is when the real problem surfaces.

Not to mention sewer treatment facilities and companies/people using those facilities.  Most people are not aware of how much treated sewage is dumped into rivers and lakes that are later used for drinking water production.

Even now, the monitoring is sporadic at best.  EPA sets guidelines but often leaves it up to states and/or industries to do the evaluations.  Many of these are quarterly or annual.  So, you could have contaminants getting into water for months before it is discovered.  If at all, some things are never tested for.

I served on a city council with responsibility for supervising water and sewer operations.  Now serve on a board for a water authority that produces drinking water for thousands of people.

This guy's actions will be obvious, outrageous, and objectionable to large numbers of activists. He's going to have a hard time getting away with his agenda.

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This guy's actions will be obvious, outrageous, and objectionable to large numbers of activists. He's going to have a hard time getting away with his agenda.

But who will stop him?  Congress?  Nope.  The courts?  Unlikely after Trump gets them stuffed with his appointees.  The states?  Most are controlled by pro-business Republican governors and legislatures.

 

I hope you are right, but I don't see it.  Not until the activists, demostrators, etc. get involved and elect moderate Republicans or Democrats at the state and federal levels.  By then the damage may well be done.

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But who will stop him?  Congress?  Nope.  The courts?  Unlikely after Trump gets them stuffed with his appointees.  The states?  Most are controlled by pro-business Republican governors and legislatures.

 

I hope you are right, but I don't see it.  Not until the activists, demostrators, etc. get involved and elect moderate Republicans or Democrats at the state and federal levels.  By then the damage may well be done.

The Republican legislators are under tremendous pressure from outraged constituents.

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"Steve Bannon — President Trump’s chief White House advisor — just made a very revealing statement while addressing right-wing activists.

The overall theme of Bannon’s speech was “deconstruction of the administrative state,” when taking into account the policies he is pursuing. He also told the audience that Trump’s cabinet appointees “were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.”

 

Bannon’s remarks help give context to President Trump appointing ideological enemies of certain federal agencies to then lead those same agencies...........

 

...called the media "the opposition party," echoing remarks both he and Trump have previously made. "They're corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has," he said....

 

"There's a new political order that's being formed," Bannon said toward the end. "The center core of what we believe,

that we're a nation with an economy...with a reason for being, I think that's what unites us."

 

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/23/bannon-heralds-deconstruction-administrative-state-and-trumps-new-political-order

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"Steve Bannon — President Trump’s chief White House advisor — just made a very revealing statement while addressing right-wing activists.

The overall theme of Bannon’s speech was “deconstruction of the administrative state,” when taking into account the policies he is pursuing. He also told the audience that Trump’s cabinet appointees “were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.”

 

Bannon’s remarks help give context to President Trump appointing ideological enemies of certain federal agencies to then lead those same agencies...........

 

...called the media "the opposition party," echoing remarks both he and Trump have previously made. "They're corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has," he said....

 

"There's a new political order that's being formed," Bannon said toward the end. "The center core of what we believe,

that we're a nation with an economy...with a reason for being, I think that's what unites us."

 

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/23/bannon-heralds-deconstruction-administrative-state-and-trumps-new-political-order

If Bannon is gotten rid of, that will solve much of the problem with Trump. He is by far his worst pick. Other bad picks can be traced back to Bannon.

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"President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world.

 

The adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, told the staff of the National Security Council on Thursday, in his first “all hands” staff meeting, that the label “radical Islamic terrorism” was not helpful because terrorists are “un-Islamic,”...

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/hr-mcmaster-trump-islam.html

 

:)

 

-uh-oh!

(& good for him!)

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Not really,  since in their mind only voters are constituents.  

That is the real issue.  As we found out in the last election, lot of people will protest or demonstrate, but will they show up to vote?

As the Dems should have learned in every election since 2010, the Republicans are winning over the people who actually show up to vote.

One of the people at the DNC meeting today said the DNC needs to fund races from the school board to Congress and not just the presidential every four years.  The story in a nutshell.

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