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it's time to drain the swamp

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    It's no secret that the Trump administration is the least qualified, and most corrupt, administration in our country's history. One prime example involves "the turtle" himself - Mitch McConnell. I couldn't find a link to any prior articles linked to him, even though I know that there have been threads about him.

    The details of his connection to a Russian aluminum company are provided in the link below. The short story, though, is that Mitch took a bribe to help out a Russian mobster who was under sanctions by the United States government. Mitch, of course, is not the only guy who's being investigated by various committees, since Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio have some things to hide also.

    Hopefully, this story will get a lot more publicity as soon as McConnell's re-election campaign gets under way.

    McConnell is not the richest person in Congress, but he does have a net worth of at least $10 million, in large part due to the fact that he married well.

    The wealthiest man in Congress is Darrell Issa, who wasted ample time and money "investigating" the Benghazi "scandal. The 2nd richest person in Congress is the guy from Montana who body slammed a reporter, which did not prevent him from getting re-elected.

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    Yes, how are you going to drain an "fictional" swamp filled with "rich' brainless alligators? The ridiculous notion is, that if you are rich, that you then also have "brains" is nuts. Trump got all his money from his "daddy", McConnell from his wife. Other rich people in the government either "stole" it, inherited or got lucky. Most of them are incompetent and don't know anything related to their present job. Sure give an "housing" job (HUD) to an surgeon "baby splitter" and an EPA job to someone who hates an clean environment and allows dumping chemicals in rivers. Let alone an totally un-schooled President who believes modern windmills kill thousands of bald eagles; ( These wind mills turn awful slow and kill no birds whatsoever) But yeah "education" for their jobs in this country is not required, only if you have "money", then you are all of a sudden super intelligent. However the only education they really have, is how to to "duck" taxes.

    Anyone surprised that this country goes to hell?

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    Arizona -- Thanks for sharing. This is how much of the corruption with members of Congress works...a quid pro quo. And now the "untouchables" think they can get away with everything by stonewalling. Trump has taught them well.

    This might help explain, in part, why Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham are Trump cheerleaders if they have something to hide. I have always felt that Steve Mnuchin, the former Goldman Sachs chief information officer turned hedge fund manager was brought in because he was adept at hiding white collar crime.

    Wikipedia: Steve Mnuchin

    And now he has become the protectorate-in-chief for Trump refusing to give up Trump's tax returns...another quid pro quo.

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    His sweet daddy bought an piece of "art" (which I would not buy for 10 cent) for 91 million dollars, they are also very rich and had ties with Goldman Sachs, that's how Steve Mnuchin rolled into that job. Sorry to say he's an real Jew. As they used to have in Europe before WWII. ( sorry but their behavior, regardless of the holocaust, has not changed, ask Netnanyahoo)

    The same applies to him, being "rich", from "rich" parents does not mean you have "brains" or "dignity" let alone "honesty"

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    The latest example of the incompetence of Trump's cabinet is Bill Wehrum, who was the Assistant Administrator of the EPA - until he resigned on June 30, after a House committee launched an investigation of him in April. He is under scrutiny for his dealings with industry players who lobbied the government to ease carbon pollution limits.

    According to The New York Times, "Wehrum worked for the better part of a decade to weaken air pollution rules by fighting the Environmental Protection Agency in court on behalf of chemical manufacturers, refineries, oil drillers and coal-burning power plants.

    He worked for two years as the ACTING assistant EPA administrator for George W. Bush , but Senate Democrats wisely blocked his confirmation for a PERMANENT position. Naturally, he became the assistant administrator of the EPA again on November 20.2017.

    Now that he's gone, we can a breathe a little easier, but only temporarily.

    Andrew R. Wheeler, became ACTING head of the EPA starting in July of 2018. He was confirmed to a permanent position by the Senate on February 28, 2019.

    Prior to his current position, he previously worked in the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, representing coal magnate Robert E. Murray and lobbying against the Obama Administration's environmental regulations. Wheeler served as chief counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and to the chairman U.S. Senator James Inhofe, prominent for his rejection of climate change. Wheeler is a critic of limits on greenhouse gas emissions and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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    The swamp has been replaced by slimeballs.

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    Sorry, the swamp is expanding rapidly; the alligators are getting bigger and "fatter" they will need more "food"($) to satisfy their unending hunger and love to "eat" little poor people who did drown in the swamp; never is the food ($) enough for them. But yeah, this American self created swamp will likely not "drain" by itself, but only will get more "slimy", like puke.
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    Like I barely said, indeed the swamp is expanding as I speak; Trump discussed replacing Dan Coates with Nunes, with Nunes. Can anything be crazier than that? Indeed forget this country; it is beyond help.
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    Daily Kos said it best:

    "Devin Nunes being considered to replace Dan Coats is like making EL Chapo the DEA head".

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    Although Trump promised to drain the swamp, what he actually did is bring in a bunch of alligators and other swamp creatures.

    See the source image

    Joe Biden is doing his best to get rid of the worst of the bunch (don't be surprised if Louis DeJoy gets forced out sometime in the next six months), but it would helpful if he could identify the worst of the worse.

    Fortunately, an organization called the Republican Accountability Project analyzed all the members of Congress, using the following criteria:

    • Did he or she sign on to the amicus brief filed along with Texas’ lawsuit to the Supreme Court that sought to nullify votes cast in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia? More Info
    • Did he or she object to the certification of Electoral College votes from at least one state? More Info
    • Did he or she make public statements that cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 election? More Info
    • Did he or she vote to hold Trump accountable via impeachment or conviction?

    There are not a lot of "A"s on the list, but there are an awful lot of F's.

    The people receiving failing grades should not be a surprise.

    Paul Gosar

    Louie Gohmert

    Marjorie Taylor Green

    Andy Biggs

    Loren Boebert

    Ted Cruz

    Matt Gaetz

    Mike McCarthy

    Josh Hawley

    Ron Johnson

    Jim Jordan

    There are a few people with grades of "C" that might surprise you:

    John Cornyn

    Tom Cotton

    Joni Ernst

    Mitch McConnell

    The list does not include everyone. For example, Sheldon Whitehouse did not make the list, but he should easily get an "A" rating.

    Even people in "red" states got "A" ratings - and Bill Cassidy is at the top of that list. Richard Burr, Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney also got the same grade.

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    I guess that all these people come from certain States who still live in 1800 related to politics. The people in those States elected these idiots. In other words in those States the "education" of the people must be that they only did learn to write and read, and play football. May be it is time that the election process requires an "common sense" test before they can be elected. If I solicit for a job they will ask even for everything I've done and if I made the right decisions. Just ratings don't help; an phycological test would help as well. All of this shows that the education in this country is lacking, especially if an Betsy DeVos runs the show.
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    Biden is rapidly replacing Trump appointees with people who are actually QUALIFIED for the positions they are nominated for.

    That's part one of "draining the swamp"

    Part two is getting rid of harmful regulations that were put in place by the Trump administration, and that process started yesterday. Ironically, it's possible due to the use of a rule (the Congressional Review Act) that was used liberally by Trump.

    The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday to effectively reinstate an Obama-era regulation that sought to clamp down on the release of methane, a powerful, climate-warming pollutant that will have to be controlled to meet President Biden’s ambitious climate change promises.

    Taking a page from congressional Republicans who in 2017 made liberal use of a once-obscure law to roll back Obama-era regulations, Democrats will invoke the law to turn back a Trump methane rule enacted late last summer. That rule had eliminated Obama-era controls on leaks of methane, which seeps from oil and gas wells.

    The vote will be the first time congressional Democrats have used the law, called the Congressional Review Act, which prohibits Senate filibusters and ensures one administration’s last-minute regulations can be swiftly overturned with a simple majority vote in both chambers of Congress.

    Most of Mr. Biden’s proposed climate change policies are designed to reduce carbon dioxide, which is produced by burning fossil fuels and is the most abundant and damaging greenhouse gas.

    Methane, which is a close second, is mainly emitted from leaks in oil and gas drilling sites. It lingers in the atmosphere for a shorter period of time than carbon dioxide, but packs a bigger punch while it lasts. By some estimates, methane has 80 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere.

    Many major oil and gas companies have come out in support of methane regulations: Exxon, Shell and BP had actually urged the Trump administration to keep the Obama methane rules in place.