Jeff Sessions Insists on Digging a Deeper Hole

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Jeff Sessions Insists on Digging a Deeper Hole

Jeff Sessions is quickly proving himself to be even more unfit to be Attorney General than origin will not ally thought by most people.  In a previous article wrote that Jeff Sessions was unfit to be Attorney General based on his record of a bad record on racial issues and bias.  At the, I had no idea how deep the problem went.

Now it has been brought to light that Jeff Sessions lied to the Senate committee that was conducting the hearing into his confirmation.  One question in particular that Jeff Sessions lied about was a question asked by Senator Al Franken, of Minnesota.  When Senator Franken asked Sessions about whether he had communications with the Russians, Jeff Sessions lied and said that he had not.  It’s hard for me to believe that he was stupid enough to think he could get away with it and that he wasn’t under the microscope by this committee.

What is even more astounding is that Jeff Sessions now claims that he did not lie to Senator Franken, but that he misunderstood the question.  Does he, a well seasoned and supposedly gifted lawyer, think that the American people are dumb enough to believe that he misunderstood the question? There is no possible way that he misunderstood Senator Franken

There is no possible way that he misunderstood Senator Franken or any other member of that committee.  If what Jeff Sessions says is true, he may as well resign because he is too stupid to be Attorney General of the United States.  There is no way he is competent, or trustworthy, enough to safeguard the civil rights of people of color, gays, or anyone else.

The best thing that Jeff Sessions can do is to resign his new position, go back to Alabama, and disappear into the swamp from which he came.

 

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Donald Trump Nominees Are Saboteurs

Source: Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies.

Donald Trump Nominees Are Saboteurs

Some people can’t seem to figure out why Donald Trump nominees for four key cabinet posts here to be so unsuited for the job. Some people think that he is crazy for appointing some of the people he has selected.  Donald Trump is crazy like a fox.  There is a distinct method to his madness; something we should never forget.

Donald Trump made these nominations for a reason; to sabotage and to destroy the various departments to which they were to administer.  All of the major agencies, with the most controversial of Donald Trump nominees, are branches of government that most conservatives are opposed. The Department Of Education, The Department of Labor, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and The Department of Health and Human Services are all branches of our government that were designed to protect us. They were intended to protect us from poor educational standards, unsafe working conditions and fair pay, clean air, and clean water, and good quality healthcare and housing discrimination.

They are also the branches of government that produce the most regulation; something that big business has always opposed.  After all, isn’t Donald Trump one of the people who has played the loudest about deregulation and government overreach?  What better way to for Donald Trump to destroy the agencies that he hates the most than to appoint people who are as opposed to these bodies as he is?

Isn’t it logical that Donald Trump nominees for these offices are the type of people that we can trust the least?  This theory appears to be true, especially since these several Donald Trump nominees are people who have a record of being opposed to the very regulations that they are sworn to enforce. For example, Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee for head of the EPA has a record of not only of opposing the EPA in his home state of Oklahoma but has sued the agency four times.  Is he someone we can trust to make sure that we have clean air and water?

Steve Bannon, a Donald Trump, nominee for National Security Council (NSC) in a speech, given at the CPAC Convention today.

 

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Fascist Tactics Used Against Senator Elizabeth Warren on Senate Floor

 

Fascist Tactics Used Against Senator Elizabeth Warren on Senate Floor

Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren was prevented from speaking in master opposition to the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. It looks as though the fascism that has taken over 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has spread down the street to the U.S. Congress.

When she tried to read the text of a letter written by Coretta Scott King, in her opposition to Jeff Sessions for appointment to a Federal Judgeship, Senator Elizabeth Warren was forced to stop her speech by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell chose to use an old rule to prevent Senator Warren from speaking.

The old rule, known as “Rule 9”, which says that “one Senator cannot impugn the reputation of another member of the Senate” was pulled out of McConnell’s bag of tricks in his, unfortunately, successful attempt to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren.

After she then objected to the old rule being used to stop her from speaking, Senator Elizabeth Warren appealed to the presiding officer for a ruling. Unfortunately, he upheld Mitch McConnell’s fascism and Senator Warren was forced to step away from the podium.

As far as impugning Jeff Sessions reputation, that is something that is very easy to do. He has no reputation, except that of a racist who does not deserve to be allowed to have a seat in such a high place as Attorney General. His record of racist behavior goes way back many years. He is unfit to serve as this country’s Attorney General because he will not be able to be fair because of his racist past, which is well-documented.

Using an old rule to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren was wrong. Mitch McConnell shows himself to be a total hypocrite and using it to silence her. After all, we were forced to watch him treat President Obama with a total lack of respect for eight years. For him to prevent Senator Elizabeth Warren from reading the text of a letter written by the window of a Great American like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is not only a travesty but a tactic more suited to a fascist.

I have included a link to the text of the letter written by Coretta Scott King, for your convenience.

Coretta Scott King’s Letter

Since yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

 

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Scott Pruitt Has Flip-Flopped About Climate Change

Scott Pruitt, president Donald Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has flip-flopped about the issue of climate change.


Scott Pruitt Has Flip-Flopped About Climate Change

 Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has flip-flopped about the issue of climate change. He has clearly demonstrated over the years and throughout his confirmation hearing that he is not the person who should be the head of the EPA.

Scott Pruitt is allegedly closely tied to the oil and gas industry. In 2014, Scott Pruitt was caught in a secret alliance with members of the oil and gas industry in trying to tear down air pollution standards, even to the point of helping them file lawsuits against federal regulators. Scott Pruitt himself has personally filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency to undermine President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. How can the citizens of the United States entrust the protection of our environment to someone who has sued the agency responsible for protecting it? The answer is, they cannot.

Scott Pruitt has even defended the practice of fracking, the extremely dangerous practice used by the oil and gas industry to extract oil and gas from the earth, despite that this method has been shown to increase the number of greenhouse gasses released into the environment. Greenhouse gasses are the reason behind global warming and climate change.

Scott Pruitt seems to have changed his tune about climate change during his confirmation hearing.  During his hearing, Scott Pruitt now admits that climate change is real, but refused to acknowledge that human activity causes it, to which Senator Bernie Sanders called him out and tried to get him to answer the question about what causes global warming. Scott Pruitt then tried to engage Senator Sanders in an argument about to what degree human activity has on climate change, even though 97% of the scientific community agrees that human activity causes climate change. All he did was make himself look stupid and less qualified to be the administrator of the EPA.

In Scott Pruitt’s 2013 reelection campaign for Attorney General of Oklahoma, his campaign manager just happened to be a man named Harold Hamm, who happened to be the CEO of one of the largest fracking companies in Oklahoma. Recently, Mr. Hamm became one of the biggest proponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline because his business will be doing most of the fracking in North Dakota. If this is the type of person that Scott Pruitt chooses to be his campaign manager, is he as big of a believer in climate change as he says? I doubt it!

 

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Scott Pruitt: Ties to Oil Industry Make Him Unfit For EPA

Scott Pruitt: Ties to Oil Industry Make Him Unfit For EPA

Scott Pruitt’s ties to oil industry make him an unfit candidate to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency. We cannot have someone who has been in the pockets of the oil industry for years. Scott Pruitt is unfit to be the head of EPA. He cannot be entrusted with protecting the environment.

Over the years, Scott Pruitt has received many campaign contributions from various oil and gas producers, such as Exxon and Devon Energy. Even more disturbing is that Scott Pruitt has received over $175,000 from the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a front group for the Koch Brothers. It is a well-known fact that the Koch brothers, owners of the Valero and Tesoro chain at gas stations have tried to undermine air pollution standards for years. They are both heads of one of the largest toxic pollution companies in the United States. How can anyone like Scott Pruitt be entrusted to protect our environment while being in the pockets of some of the largest polluters in the United States? The entire idea is ludicrous!

Scott Pruitt has also bragged on many occasions about his many lawsuits against the EPA; the agency hopes to be in charge of. How can anyone be allowed to be head of the EPA when they have an extensive history of litigation against that agency and its regulations? The fact that he was even nominated for this position is an insult to everyone who cares about our environment.

He has worked tirelessly on behalf of Devon Energy, Oklahoma’s largest energy producer by writing letters in the name of that corporation, claiming that the EPA was guilty of “federal overreach,” and the accusation that means that the federal government has overstepped its boundaries in trying to regulate the oil and gas industry. Regulating these industries is a primary reason that the EPA was created in the first place. How can someone who is so anti-regulation be in charge of an agency that is supposed to set up and enforce regulations?

If Scott Pruitt is confirmed to be the head of the EPA, our environment will suffer as well as the people who live in it.

 

Scott Pruitt Testifies Against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Scott Pruitt Testifies Against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

In this video, Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testifies against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  It’s very ironic that the person who is designated as the person who will take over control of the EPA is arguing against one of the most progressive plans, for protecting the environment from global warming, has proposed in years.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan calls for carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced by 32% within 25 years, down to same levels as 2005.  It is designed to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants.  It is also focused towards increasing the use of renewable energy, such as, solar power, wind power, and other renewable, nonpolluting forms of energy.

As you can imagine, the fossil fuel industry (coal and oil) are fighting hammer and tongs against this new rule from the EPA.  They are just trying to protect their own profits than protect the environment because they are afraid that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will adversely affect their profit margin.  They could care less about protecting our planet and people against global warming, caused by the type of unsafe and obsolete energy production that they want to support.  This mindset is just another example of how detrimental capitalism is to our society.

These industries are too shortsighted to see that alternative energy like solar power, wind power, and other forms of renewable energy production holds huge potential for job creation.  Increased job creation will not only benefit our economy and workers, but advance profit-making potential for the investors in this burgeoning industry.  It seems that the current power producers never heard of something called “diversification”, where they could transform their polluting industries into nonpolluting investments.  Of course, this would mean that they would have to stop sitting on their money and actually invest it in something worthwhile; something American industries have never been prone to do.  They should know by now that it takes money to make money.  Even a socialist like myself can see this fact.

In this video, the primary argument that Scott Pruitt presents is the claim that the States should be the ones to decide the emission standards and enforce them, with no interference from the federal government, in this case, the EPA. Several times he falls back on the “states rights” argument to reinforce his position that the EPA has no authority to impose regulations on energy producing industries like the coal or oil industries. He also makes the standard argument, always made by corporations, that federal regulations cause harm by driving up the cost of whatever is being produced. Scott Pruitt shows himself to be just another shill for the status quo production of coal and oil. It’s very obvious that he is in their pockets.

Scott Pruitt also tries to undermine the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by claiming that it is unconstitutional because the EPA over steps the authority given to it by Congress. He’s tries to imply that the EPA is trying to undermine Congress instead of protecting the environment, which is totally ludicrous. People like Scott Pruitt on the ones who are damaging our environment with their antiquated mindset that regulations are harmful. In reality, regulations are designed to protect the citizens of this country from harm. People like him never seem to realize that if industries behave in a socially responsible way, and really showed any type of caring for the well-being of citizens, regulations would not be necessary.

It’s outrageous that Donald Trump has selected someone like Scott Pruitt for head of the EPA.  There is no way that the can share it. This last week be fair when making a ruling dealing with the issue of global warming, alternative energy, or against the oil and coal industries.  There are many occasions when he will be faced with a glaring conflict of interest on whatever decisions he makes.  However, as we have seen, conflict of interest is the last thing that the Trump administration cares about.  If Scott Pruitt is approved to be head of the EPA, our environment will suffer right along with the people living in it.

 

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Senator Bernie Sanders Grills Scott Pruitt About Climate Change

Senator Bernie Sanders Grills Scott Pruitt About Climate Change

Senator Bernie Sanders grills Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about his position on climate change. Senator Sanders gets Scott Pruitt to admit that President-elect Donald Trump was wrong when he made the statement that climate change/global warming was a hoax. Scott Pruitt readily admits that he believes otherwise.

However, when Senator Sanders tries to ask Pruitt his opinion about why the climate is changing, Pruitt tries to evade the Senators question by saying that his opinion is, “immaterial”. Senator Sanders disagrees about Pruitt’s opinion being “immaterial”, especially since he will be in charge of the agency that is supposed to protect the environment. Scott Pruitt then says that he will do what ever the law requires to enforce environmental regulations.

Senator Sanders points out that 97% of the scientific community says that climate change is caused by human activity. Scott Pruitt then gets into a debate about semantics, saying that the climate is,” impacted” by human activity. Preferring to take the little interpretation of what the scientific community actually said, Senator Sanders argues with Pruitt over the difference between “impact” and “causes”, because Pruitt tries to make light of a very important topic that will confront him as head of the EPA.

Senator Sanders then goes on to make a point about Scott Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma having a record number of earthquakes and the relationship between these earthquakes and fracking (a.k.a. hydraulic fracturing). Senator Sanders asks Pruitt about what he has personally done in his home state to hold the fracking companies accountable. Again, Scott Pruitt becomes evasive and tries very hard to escape from Senator Sanders relentless questioning. Senator Sanders tries to get Scott Pruitt to be more specific about what actions he has taken in Oklahoma, and Pruitt tells about how he has expressed his concern about the problem of increased earthquakes in Oklahoma. He tries very hard to dodge the issue, but Senator Sanders displays his usual tendency to be relentless when questioning someone at a hearing. You can almost see Scott Pruitt squirming in his seat under the pressure that Senator Bernie Sanders puts on him.

At the end, Senator Sanders said that Scott Pruitt will not get his vote. Right on, Bernie!

 

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