Not to miss an opportunity to suppress lawful voting and peaceful assemblage as guaranteed by the Constitution, Republican legislators in several states have proposed harsher felonies for protesters who disrupt business as usual, such as blocking a street that is used for commerce. The protest against immigration bans this weekend by thousands at dozens of US airports must really make them panic. I am sure these are the same conservatives who wrap themselves around the flag and armed service members who fight and die abroad supposedly to protect our freedoms at home, including that to protest.
The Trump administration has put a hold on federal agencies such as the EPA from releasing new research, evidence, or news about climate change. Everything must now undergo review by political appointees. The nominated directors says this is necessary because it was Obama, not the Republicans, who politicized global warming science. Yea, right, another distortion of the truth as it was the Republicans who did this.
Whomever this administration blames and whatever they project on to their “enemies” as having said that or done this, is actually what they did, used as a ruse to divert accountability. Of course it was Trump who said he would like to all together abolish the EPA during the campaign. The head of the Trump transition team said he expects big staff and budget cuts in the EPA, perhaps up to 50%.
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