Is Scott Pruitt part of the “Drain the Swamp” Team?
Everywhere you look in Donald Trump’s cabinet and administration, there is a scandal and the rule of law is not being followed. According to the federal government, federal officers are supposed to fly coach whenever possible, and not be allowed to bill the government for pleasure trips.
But in Trumps administration, it appears ethics is not high on the list, and cabinet officials have misjudged the public and media’s tolerance of federal officers abusing their power.
“The issue isn’t just that Trump picked all these substandard people to serve him. There’s also the problem of any organization whose leader doesn’t live up to its stated ideas. Why would Trump’s cabinet take care to avoid appearances of impropriety when Trump won’t take such care himself?” says John Barro – reporter of
When Trump was running for president, he talked about “Draining the swamp,” but in his administration, there appears to be more corruption than ever before. In the short year and three months Trump has been in office, at least seven current and former officials in the president’s 24member Cabinet have faced accusations of abusing certain perks of their position.
“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke used helicopters to avoid Washington’s notorious traffic. Tom Price, the former head of the Department of Health and Human Services, lost his job after it was revealed that he traveled chartered flights costing taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. Most recently Veterans Affairs Secretary David Sulkins, who lost his job, piggybacked a mini vacation on taxpayer-paid travel to two conferences in Europe, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Ben Carson ordered custom-made chairs, and a dining table that cost $31,000,” says Peter Overly of
As the media does its investigation of Trump’s administration spending taxpayers’ money, it appears cabinet members are blaming their staffs. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained his use of a military plane for his European honeymoon was approved by the legal department and his staff.
This is an obvious abuse of power, and corruption has become contagious in the administration and Trump’s cabinet. Since qualification and integrity are not important when hiring in Trumps administration, many employees are young, unqualified and party friends.
There are rumors that many of the young aides are partying on the job and participating in drinking games, and it does not appear Trump is doing a good job at “Draining the swamp," It seems since President Trump has been in charge, there is more corruption than ever before.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) director, Scott Pruitt, has been blatant with his disregard of the law, and many around the country are asking for his resignation, or for Trump to fire him. To begin with, as Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times in an attempt to stop clean water and air, and now he is attempting to roll back regulation such as the federal Clean Power Plan. Pruitt is not following the EPA’s mission of protecting the health of the public and the environment.
Instead of improving the environment, Pruitt is focusing on wasteful spending by ordering expensive furniture and flying around the country on private planes and first-class seating with his crew and security. It has also been alleged that Pruitt travels around DC with sirens on, just to have lunch with f amily members and friends.
The director has also worked a sweetheart deal of $50.00 a night to stay in a condo owned by a lobbyist, who has three cases in front of the agency. This deal smells rotten, but Pruitt clams the deal was approved by the legal department.
Pruitt appears to be making his own laws, and Trumps says “I think he’s doing a fantastic job.” Pruitt appears to be a member of the swamp, and Trump has the responsibility of getting rid of employees who are swimming in it.
Several black students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School held a press conference a few days ago and almost nobody came. All the mainstream media were busy following every step the celebrated white kids made. But the 11 percent of black kids in the school were victims and survivors too.
Tatyana Bellamy-Walker wrote a very telling piece in The Daily Beast, entitled “Black Parkland students feel profiled by school police and ignored by media."
According to 17- year old Kai Koerber, with all the new police presence, they feel victimized a third time. First by the murdering Valentine’s Day shooter Nikolas Cruz, second by the ignoring of the mainstream media, and lastly by the profiling police assigned to protect the school.
Already Kai Koerber has experienced being profiled at the school. Tyah-Amoy Roberts, a classmate of Kai’s told the Daily Beast: “We’re not confident…that the officers will protect us, not racially profile us… You never know how those encounters are going to end up.”
Nadege C. Green tweeted that “Kai doesn’t feel comfort in having more police officers at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. He says it’s intimidating and that black students will face most of the consequences of an overmilitarized predominantly white school.”
Almost every day since the Valentine’s Day massacre, the white face of David Hogg, the media’s new darling, has been seen by millions representing the victims and survivors. But the black survivors have been basically ignored.
I asked the question: why was there not that same level of concern about the black kids who have faced death for no reason, some victims of gun violence and other survivors of a violent culture in their neighborhoods on a regular basis?
So many black kids have died from gun violence; yet none in the mainstream media seemed concerned. In my March 5th column," “Parkland Students’ Sorrow Exploited by Progressives,” I enumerated the long list of liberal organizations which had leapt to the aid of the Stoneman Douglas students to lend a helping hand by providing planning, tactical training and millions of dollars to the white students traumatized