I'm very happy to bid farewell to a depressing year in which I've watched America being dismantled to benefit the president and his cronies.
Much of what has depressed me is the stuff of everyday headlines-a tax bill heavily tilted to the rich and connected, racist rhetoric and discriminatory immigration measures to keep "the base" happy, deranged and embarrassing tweets from the
But a lot of what has depressed me is less well-known.
A number of pundits have noted this president's determination to erase anything President
Let's start with the
The bans have been "indefinitely postponed." (Interestingly, before he withdrew, Trump's nominee to head the
Moving along to Medicare: The Trump administration has rolled back the assessment of fines against nursing homes cited for patient neglect or mistreatment. Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes have been cited for one or more serious violations. Approximately two-thirds of those were fined by Medicare. Nursing home owners complained that the fines "weren't helpful," so the administration relaxed enforcement. Good for the bottom line, not for the patients.
It goes on. And on.
No one in her right mind would assert that American government doesn't need reforming. If competent people were trying to improve agency performance, I'd cheer. But that's not what's happening.
What's happening is arson-and lots of looting.^