An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Condemn Trump Inflicting Harm on America!

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—> LA Time reporter Michael Hiltzik has compiled a scandalous list of vindictive actions Trump is perpetrating to harm America before he’s forced to vacate the White House. His article from 11/25/20, “Column: Brace yourself for Trump’s scorched-earth attacks on health and safety,” details actions whose only rationale is to undermine America by weakening our security, polluting our environment, and striking at the poor and vulnerable. Here are some disgraceful examples quoted from the article: […] —> (1) As my colleague Doyle McManus reports, much of Trump’s last-minute policymaking appears aimed at bequeathing Biden a scorched-earth economic landscape…Trump’s broader policymaking seems to be motivated by something else — pure malevolence toward the needy and the natural world […] —> (2) Over the weekend, Trump formalized the U.S. withdrawal from the [1992] Open Skies Treaty […] —> (3) We reported earlier on Trump’s haste to issue leases allowing oil and gas exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before he leaves office. […] —> (4) “The forest service just granted itself a free pass to increase commercial logging and roadbuilding across our national forests under the guise of restoration,” as Randi Spivak, public lands director at the Center for Biological Diversity, put it. […] —> (5) If it’s finalized, Schubel noted, the [Medicaid] rule would “divert key resources from responding to COVID-19; wreak havoc on the administration of Medicaid, Medicare, the marketplaces, and other HHS programs; and potentially seriously harm millions of people.” […] —> (6) The administration, which as we’ve reported has avoided no opportunity to undermine Medicaid, has also implemented a rule that effectively overturns a congressional guarantee that COVID-19 testing, immunization and treatment will be covered. […] —> (7) The admin is also moving ahead with a rule reducing eligibility for food stamps that could cut as many as 3Mn recipients out of the program, known formally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. […] —> (8) Trump is moving ahead with federal executions of death-row inmates despite an unwritten tradition that executions are suspended during the pendency of a new administration, and Biden’s expressed intention to abolish the death penalty at the federal level and encourage states to follow suit. […] —> (9) His Treasury secretary, Steven T. Mnuchin, is moving to sequester $455 billion in coronavirus relief funds appropriated by Congress but unspent by Trump in an account that will keep it inaccessible to the Biden administration without further congressional approval. […] {} I urge you EVERY DAY to publicly denounce Trump’s vindictive capricious acts; their only purpose is to stick it to America causing as much pain as possible as he’s forced out the door. Republicans especially need must vehemently condemn his purposefully inflicting harm on America.

First sent on November 26, 2020 by Boris

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