I’m sorry – I’ve tried to stay away from the Trump cabinet, but today a rep called from the National Wildlife Federation, which I belong to, to please call my senators to oppose Scott Pruitt‘s confirmation as head of the EPA. This is what I said, after pressing “1” to comment on an issue, and you can quote me if you want when you call your senators (Sen. Flake: 202-224-4521 and Sen. McCain: 202-224-2235).
I hope that Senator McCain/Senator Flake will not vote for Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt has tried to dismantle EPA standards that ensure clean air and clean water. His super PAC has taken money from the fossil fuel industry, corporate interests which he would be charged with regulating. We need someone who does not deny climate change, but is guided by science to protect public health and the environment to head the EPA. Thank you.
In addition, the Sierra Club (to which I also belong) has a few videos here:
Many friends and I have agreed that the worst of President Trump’s nominees is Betsy DeVos, proposed for secretary of education. This time I sent an email to each Senator McCain and Flake
(https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form and https://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff – and you may quote me at will):
Dear Senator (choose one) –
Please do not vote to confirm Betsy DeVos for secretary of education.
I am an educator, teaching at Pima College. I believe in public education, something that Mrs. DeVos does not. She did not attend public schools, nor did her children. She advocates for public-supported segregation in the expansion of charter schools and programs that would allow parents to use public money to send their children to private schools; she has given millions to groups that support those issues.
She has also donated to at least four of the senators who heard her testimony on Tuesday, a bit of a conflict of interest.
In her hearing (the only one, as Sen. Lamar Alexander rejected Sen. Patty Murray’s request for a second hearing), she didn’t have answers for the most basic questions about her qualifications to lead the $68 billion federal education agency! I shall not go into the details here – the Web is replete with them. But, really, are schools in need of guns to protect the children from grizzly bears?
Thank you for your attention-
Your name here
Here is one of the websites that I referred to: http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/how-did-betsy-devos-do-in-her-confirmation-hearing/ The article is actually a bit hilarious. Well, maybe not the article, but what Mrs. Devos is quoted as saying!
You too can sign a change.org petition opposing DeVos’ nomination, which already has hundreds of thousands of signatures.
Can’t do anything about these:
The Senate confirmed former Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo (a Tea Party Republican) for CIA Director and Nikki Haley (born to an Indian Sikh family in South Carolina, who became governor of the state after I left it) for U.N. ambassador. In addition, two of Trump’s Cabinet nominees have been confirmed — retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as his secretary of defense and retired Marine General John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security.
Two Generals! President Trump did tell the Washington Post that he wanted to show off our military. Then there is an unsubstantiated claim by the Huffington Post that he wanted the tanks for the inaugural parade! (I couldn’t believe it so I check with snopes.com.)
The military “may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview . “That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”
During the preparation for Friday’s transfer-of-power, a member of Trump’s transition team floated the idea of including tanks and missile launchers in the inaugural parade, a source involved in inaugural planning told The Huffington Post. “They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” the source said, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang, typically seen as an aggressive display of muscle-flexing…
His Cabinet moved a few more steps closer to being rounded out Tuesday when [three] nominees got approval votes from Senate committees: Ben Carson to head Housing and Urban Development (a famous neurosurgeon, who knows nothing of urban development, but has lived in a house), Elaine Chao (conveniently married to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Senate), for Transportation, and Wilbur Ross (an American investor, and former banker, known for restructuring failed companies in industries such as steel, coal, telecommunications, foreign investment and textiles) for Commerce.
Brown person ✓
A few women ✓
But, for the first time since Ronald Reagan, the president’s Cabinet won’t include a Latino.
Sorry – I can’t stand any more of this today.