Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Nagin Presidency

I dunno.. I thought that might be a catchy descriptor a year ago.  But the comparisson isn't really so close anymore.  I mean, it's true the hillariously brazen corruption of the Trump people is somewhat reminiscent of what it was like here under Nagin.  But the scale of the damage left in its wake is too grand now for that to make sense.

The only true analog to Trump era licentiousness is the Bush Administration.  The Trump record is almost that bad.  He still hasn't matched the Bush gold standard by starting a catastrophic war that murders and endangers untold millions of people for generations. But give him time. He might get there.

In the meantime, another cartoon villain is jettisoned for being even too ridiculous for this level of unreality.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned after months of ethics controversies, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency," Trump tweeted. "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this."

Pruitt's resignation follows months during which the EPA administrator has been embroiled in one ethics controversy after the next.
As over-the-top as Pruitt's pile of "ethics controversies" had gotten, it still pales in comparisson to the actual policy damage he was able to do during his short time in the post.   If anything it shows us just how openly and stupidly corrupt you can be in this government as long as you're handing over protected forrests, waterways, skies, etc to polluting industry.   Is there even anything left for Pruitt's successor to sell off? 

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