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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:26 AM

Undoing the damage done: What will it take to rebuild what's left of our government?


Undoing the damage done: What will it take to rebuild what's left of our government?
Trump's reign of corruption has left the federal government in ruins. Necessary repair work may take many years

LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV
OCTOBER 17, 2020 12:01PM


(Salon) Who remembers Tom Price? Gee, you might say, that name sounds familiar he had something to do with the Trump administration, didn't he?

You're right! He was one of those guys who resigned from a cabinet position because he was abusing something let me see think I've got it he was the one who took all those flights on private jets, something like a million dollars worth of flights, including on military aircraft during trips to Europe and Africa with his wife. He refunded $51,887 to the federal government, which he said accounted for the cost of his seat on private charter flights he took before he resigned from Trump's cabinet. But that was just the cost of his seat. The total amount spent to fly old Tom Price around the world on private jets was more than $400,000 in taxpayer dollars.

What cabinet position did he hold that made it necessary for so many trips on chartered private jets and other business aircraft? What was he doing that was so important that he was flying back and forth to Europe and Africa and making trips to Aspen and Salt Lake City and Nashville, and basically jetting all over the place on the taxpayers' dime and staying in first-class hotels and eating out at expensive restaurants and taking his wife along with him a lot of the time? Oh, I remember! He was the secretary of Health and Human Services. He was the dude who resigned after only 231 days in office, the shortest term ever served by an HHS secretary. Price had been a right-wing congressman from Georgia who during his term in the House voted multiple times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, supported a Republican plan to privatize Medicare, voted to defund Planned Parenthood and sponsored the "Right to Life Act," which would have defined life as beginning at conception and banned all abortions and many forms of contraception.

....(snip)....

Are you beginning to get the picture here? Health and Human Services is just one Trump cabinet department that has been led by not one, but two half-wit hacks and undercut by the White House from Day One. Both HHS and CDC have been hollowed out and weakened under the control of the Trump White House while some 220,000 Americans have lost their lives and 8 million more have been infected by the COVID virus.

....(snip)....

There is more, much, much more, but you get the picture. The damage Trump will be leaving to Joe Biden is incalculable. The death toll caused by his mismanagement of the COVID crisis and the numbers of infections increase by the thousands seemingly every day. The only good thing about a hollowed-out federal government will be the thousands of appointments Biden will be able to make upon taking office, and the dozens of executive orders he'll be able to sign reversing Trump's giveaways to polluters, drug companies and corrupt corporations. ..................(more)

https://www.salon.com/2020/10/17/undoing-the-damage-done-what-will-it-take-to-rebuild-whats-left-of-our-government/




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marmar Oct 17 OP
niyad Oct 17 #1
young_at_heart Oct 17 #2
zentrum Oct 17 #3
CrispyQ Oct 17 #4
Martin Eden Oct 17 #5
Chainfire Oct 17 #6

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:42 AM

1. Off to greatest with this important reminder.

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:48 AM

2. It's not just Trump

Every single Republican senator and House rep. went along with all of it.....they too, have the stench!

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:49 AM

3. Yes. Thank you. Terribly...

..concerned about this. T and the entire Republican Party enablers have burrowed deep into the roots to dismantle the government, regulations, the EPA, USPS, eduction, the separation of powers, church and state. You name it.

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:54 AM

4. Price & Pruitt. Man, I'd forgotten those two A-holes, the list is so frickin' long!



A classic Wuerker, vintage 2017.



That wreaking ball has been going 24x7 for almost four years.

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:21 AM

5. Kakistocracy: government by the worst people

October 2017 article in The Atlantic:

American Kakistocracy

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:23 AM

6. Once again, we will inherit a steaming pile of shit

that will take years to correct. Republicans make messes, Democrats clean them up, and then the Republicans take credit. Nothing new.

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