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Rick Perry – Energy Secretary

 

 

 

National Security Advisor and Raging Islamophobe

I’ve already posted about Michael Flynn but here is some additional documentation of his islamophobia and overt racism.

In a speech he made in Massachusetts in August:

“Our country was built upon the foundation of Judeo-Christian principles, values, norms. We should fight this idea of this imposition of Sharia law into our system. And believe me, folks, it is happening.

All you have to do is go and look up something called ‘the American laws for American courts.’ I don’t know if it’s happening up here in Massachusetts, it’s happening in other states. I have had people in the media, mainstream media, say, ‘oh, that’s all a conspiracy, it’s a lie.’

No, in the state Florida. The state of Florida, they have 36 senators at the state level. 36 senators at the state level. 12 of them are Democrats, the Republicans hold the majority in the Florida state senate. All 12 Democrats, all 12 Democrats voted to impose Shariah law at the local and state level. Now, it was beaten because the Republicans are in charge. I’m telling you, this is ‘American laws for America’s courts.'” [This is super untrue btw]

To clarify, Sharia law is the religious law followed by members of the Islamic faith. It is not a forced conversion to Islam or a requirement for non Muslims to practice the faith.

You can read about the actual legislation this outrageous claim originated from here.

I leave you with another lovely quote from the same speech

“We are facing another ‘ism,’ just like we faced Nazism, and fascism, and imperialism and communism. This is Islamism, it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised.”

Yeah, he is saying that a religion practiced by over a billion people is on the level of Nazis. Nice fella.

[Summarized from PolitiFact]

 

Myron Ebell, Leading EPA Transition

Bad news for the enviornment, bad news for the planet.

Ebell is not a scientist and has no degrees or qualifications in climate science.

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he spends his time rejecting and trying to discredit scientists who work to understand the global climate.

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“He doesn’t really know anything about science,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a top Earth scientist at NASA who has faced off with Ebell in the past. “He uses science like a talisman.”

Ebell’s technique, Schmidt said, is to point toward “some little fact” and use it to extrapolate some larger irrelevant and scientifically incorrect point.

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Speaking with Business Insider in August before his selection, Ebell outlined his views on the appropriate direction for the EPA.

“When economies get richer, they not only make people wealthier, they generally provide immense environmental benefits,” he said. “And so if you actually believe, if someone actually believes that global warming is a crisis that must be addressed … I think it would be much better to free up the economy and get rid of the EPA rules and a lot of the Department of Energy programs and let the economy boom forward.”

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“You know, [Trump] said he was going to drain the swamp in Washington, and instead he’s put Myron Ebell — a swamp rat, a DC insider lobbyist — in charge of the transition at the EPA,” Lashof said.

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Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education

RED ALERT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

First, Betsy is a billionaire, like our friend Donald. Why does this matter? You expect a billionaire to be in touch with the needs of public education? A billionaire who has no experience in education, other than pushing for failed programs (see below)?

The issues are summarized below in a series of quotes from multiple sources. [All bolding is mine]

Let’s start here,

“In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America,” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said. [HuffPo]

And here,

“She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers — which take away funding and local control from our public schools — to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense,” the labor union said in a statement. “These schemes do nothing to help our most-vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps. She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education.” [Statement from The National Education Association]

 

Progressive Michigan executive director Lonnie Scott said the nomination “proves that having a shortage of experience means nothing as long you don’t have a shortage of money.”[…]“The DeVos family education plan has been a disaster for Michigan and we are truly saddened that Trump decided to import their failed ideas to Washington D.C.,” Scott wrote in a statement. [HuffPo]

 

Trump’s voucher plan could be a windfall for companies hoping to make money from our public education system. [Slate]

 

She has led the charge that has destroyed Detroit’s public schools

As one of the architects of Detroit’s charter school system, she is partly responsible for what even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country.

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Detroit is not only the lowest in this group of lowest-performing districts on the math and reading scores, it is the lowest by far. One well-regarded study found that Detroit’s charter schools performed at about the same dismal level as its traditional public schools.

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The DeVos nomination is a triumph of ideology over evidence that should worry anyone who wants to improve results for children.[NYT]

 

ACLU on school vouchers here and here

Mike Flynn, National Security Advisor

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Anti-Muslim

Joined in chants of “Lock her up” at the RNC

has called President Obama “a liar” and troubled some former colleagues with his partisan political work

 

His behavior and a string of controversial and dark statements about Islam, among other topics, have alarmed many of his former colleagues. [Source]