It’s hard to see how Donald Trump can claim he is draining the swamp in Washington, while simultaneously filling his cabinet with billionaires and Wall Street insiders more likely to shape policy in favor of themselves, rather than the working classes.
Trump’s pick to head up the Department of Commerce is Wall Street insider Wilbur Ross; a 78-year-old billionaire known as “the king of bankruptcy.” According to Politico, his critics call him a “Vulture,” and say his restructuring of ailing industries has sometimes come at the expense of workers’ safety — in one egregious case, contributing to the deaths of 12 miners in Sago, West Virginia.”
The future is not looking much better for Trump’s blue-collar base in the education department either, with billionaire Betsy DeVos, 58, as his top pick. A native of Michigan, Ms. DeVos has spent much of her life pushing charter school vouchers and tearing apart the public school system.
As the New York Times notes:
For nearly 30 years, as a philanthropist, activist and Republican fund-raiser, she has pushed to give families taxpayer money in the form of vouchers to attend private and parochial schools, pressed to expand publicly funded but privately run charter schools, and tried to strip teacher unions of their influence.
The rest of the Trump administration, so far, is a combination of white nationalists, Koch brother operatives, and the guest list at a high-dollar fund-raiser.
The Washington Post lends credence to the idea that the working class voters that gave Trump the electoral edge have been duped.
Imagine you’re one of those folks who went to Trump rallies and thrilled to his promises to take America back from the establishment, who felt your heart stir as he promised to torture prisoners, who got your “Trump That Bitch” T-shirt, who was overjoyed to finally have a candidate who tells it like it is. What are you thinking as you watch this?
The Promises Kept Are The Ones To Fear
What appears to be true is that the reality TV star-turned President-elect is extremely likely to blow up the system, as promised. Just not in a good way. His billionaire buddies are closer than ever to getting the massive, budget-busting tax cuts they’ve always wanted, while millions lose their access to health care.
In addition to stacking the odds against working class Americans, Mr. Trump is on a path to becoming known as the man who polluted the planet to death. His environmental deregulation plans threaten to contaminate our clean water supply with a fracking frenzy, and turn our national parks into bank accounts for oil and mining companies.
As if that were not enough to fill the pockets of Big Polluters and corporate oligarchs, NASA’s climate science division will be stripped of its funding. Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research told The Guardian that Trump’s anti-science policies, “could put us back into the ‘dark ages.”
Perhaps the dark ages are Trump’s target date of reference for making America great. The problem is, no amount of money will be enough to undo the damage done by the Trump administration’s hand-picked, billionaire-laden swamp.
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