The new president’s executive orders are like the dropping of cluster bombs, stunning the public with chaos. Which casualty requires the most attention?
Is it the scapegoating of immigrants, when the largest influx of people seeking jobs will be American citizens from Puerto Rico, bankrupted by loan sharks on Wall Street?
Is it fear of refugees, when we forget that we accepted 750,000 Vietnamese after that war?
In Trump’s gilded towers, serving corporate giants, investment bankers and the Pentagon, he has promised to add $58 billion to the already bloated $600 billion military budget. Paying for this, he simultaneously serves the polluters and profiteers by cutting the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] as well as other social programs like Public Broadcasting and Planned Parenthood, which together amounts to a mere $3 billion.
Donald Trump has fast-tracked pipelines that threaten, in the case of DAPL, the drinking water of 31 million people downstream along the Missouri River. Locally, Rep. John Faso was a lobbyist for the Constitution Pipeline, which would have spoiled streams and natural habitats in order to ship gas for overseas export.
I pray Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Democrats grow a spine in order to stop Trump’s overturning of the Clean Air and Water Act. Gutting the EPA, Trump seeks to eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Funding. Plus he signed an order to remove dumping regulations so that corporations may pollute our streams.
President Trump shows about as much respect for the environment as he has for women. Without clean water, there is no life. So this casualty, once poisoned, spells doom for the rest. Making America great again won’t even be an option.