“He gets things done,” a friend recently said to me about the president of the United States. He does, indeed, get things done.
He has done a lot about climate change. He has pulled us out of the Paris accord and has ordered that emissions standards be lowered for automobiles and for other industries which pollute our air and water. This, in the long run, will make things worse for America and the entire world.
He has pulled us out of a nuclear agreement with Iran which has made the world les safe for all of us. But why not? The president has said that he likes the devastating effects of nuclear weapons.
He has set a low standard for ethics and financial accountability and a number of his senior officials have followed suit. Just to name a few abuses: the abuse of expenses allocated for air travel; the lavish expenditure of funds on sound-proof booths and dining room sets; and the extravagant expenditure of funds on “working vacations.”
He has brought into his administration a number of people who are as morally bankrupt and as incompetent as he is. A former national security adviser was forced out for lying to the vice president. Our present attorney general misrepresented his Russia connections to Congress and had to recuse himself from a highly significant investigation into possible Russian tampering with our 2016 elections. The president’s former lawyer and campaign adviser is now on trial for corrupt business dealings on a number of fronts, including bank fraud and foreign lobbying violations. The president has instituted tariffs which have had an overall negative effect on our economy and the world economy. He has had to take some $12 billion from a special government fund (no doubt taxpayer money) to soften the blow on farmers who don’t want government handouts.
The president has pushed tax cuts through Congress which appear to benefit primarily large corporations and those who are extremely wealthy in our society.
The president, indeed, gets things done.
Herbert Hash Jr.