Is Scott Pruitt part of the “Drain the Swamp” Team?

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Busi­ness In­sider. NPR.

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

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