I haven't posted in quite a few days as of late. It seems you can't go an hour without some crazy thing happening around us. The Russia-Trump campaign thing. The MOAB. That "Crazy Fat Kid" (gotta love McCain!). Ben Carson getting stuck in a public housing elevator. Anti-government ideologues destroying the EPA, the DOE, the USDE, the FCC... It's just been incessant. Where does one even begin?
Well, for starters, when the President said he was going to "Make America Great Again," for the people he's put in charge of our federal agencies, it seems like a return to the "Good Old Days" as described in the Weird Al tune, "torturing rats with a hacksaw and pulling the wings off of flies."
Candice Jackson, now acting head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, is the latest exemplar here. This is woman who believes she suffered discrimination for being white (though shows no evidence of suffering anything), has neither a civil rights nor education background, and is apparently no fan of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, or public, compulsory education, or Title IX (though unlike Betsy DeVos, she actually may know something about it).
Ajit Pai, the Chair of the FCC, is meanwhile trying to destroy Net Neutrality. Trump voters are not going to like where this goes. The "Good Old Days" in this case would be like the early 90's, when downloading a single picture was an opportunity to do the dishes and laundry, and maybe trim the hedges.
And then there's Richard Cordray, who now runs the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, who together with the House Financial Services Committee Chair, Jeb Hensarling, (R-His Satanic Majesty's Toilet), are working to...
"...(weaken) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by stripping the agency of its independence and severely limiting its ability to go after corporations.""...convert the CFPB into an executive agency with a director who can be removed by the president at will.""...scale back the agency's enforcement powers and prevent the agency from publishing its consumer complaint database..."
With so much happening all at the same time, it's hard to see the action in the windy forest. But our education, information, and the safety of your finances are all at high risk right now. This is not going to "Make America Great Again, " unless by "Great" you mean "Like Putin's Russia, but with Worse Education."
Please, whatever your political persuasion, whatever your religion, philosophy, ideology, or any other disposition, please, please study up on these issues and let your congress critters know that making America like Russia is NOT what what any of us had in mind!