“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Marcellus – first act of Hamlet. Perhaps the quote is too obvious – I was planning to use it myself before I read David Ignatius’ opinion piece in the Washington Post on questions raised surrounding the recently revealed election meddling, hacking, espionage, and salacious leaks. I think I’ll use the quote anyway, but keep my piece short. Go read Ignatius. Unless you are using a gas mask, the current aura emanating from Trump and company and the Putin gang is hard to ignore.
Issue two: It is now beyond doubt that Trump’s deal with the extreme right involves dismantling of the federal regulatory system that protects ordinary citizens from abuses of the corporate powers. The dismantling is across the board – one of the latest is Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. A front page article on today’s New York Times, “Choice for E.P.A.” details Pruitt’s history. The article notes that Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, “fought to blunt the impact of federal environmental policies in his state…” To use another analogy, Trump is opening the door to all the chicken coops and letting in the foxes. The ability of regulated industry to undermine their regulators is nothing new, but I doubt that there has ever been such a systematic attack on federal agencies. Now is a good time to reflect on the abuses those agencies were created to address. Let’s see – how are things going with the environment? Maybe we can evolve to live on CO2 and Methane.
Enough for now. I’m off to Hartford to protest the repeal of Obamacare.