Welcome everyone to the ‘The Worst’ Contest. I’m pretty sure Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will run away with this, but we’ve got some up and coming contestants that will surely give them a run for their money. This will become a reoccurring blog here on the Part-Time Pundit, but for now, let’s meet the first batch of contestants…
Jeff Sessions (Alabama): We’ve already talked about why he’s “The Worst” in an earlier blog. But apparently being a racist doesn’t keep you from becoming Attorney General in Trump’s America. Today, we’re finding out he’s “The Worst” for LGBTQ rights as well. Sessions wants to put forth a draft order rescinding President Obama’s protection directives for transgender students in public schools. The Department of Education directive from last May stated that all public schools had to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Sessions wants to repeal of course. Because why on earth should someone be able to use the bathroom that they are most comfortable in? I realize their argument is ‘valid’. ALL transgender people are really just pedophiles who want to look at little girls in the bathroom. Oh, no…wait… The reality of it is, is that Sessions and those who think like him, are just assholes that are using their fear and hatred of ‘the other’ to prevent people they don’t like from peeing in a public bathroom.
On a side note, Betsy DeVos did state opposition to Sessions, saying she was uncomfortable with the draft order and because the Department of Justice needs a sign on from the Department of Education, she could have vetoed this. But Sessions went to daddy and told on DeVos. Trump, of course, sided with Sessions and that was that. DeVos caved. Expect the order this week.
Jason Chaffetz (Utah): Before the election, Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that if Hillary Clinton won the presidency, he had two years worth of investigations to undertake. You’d think that when she didn’t win, that Chaffetz may actually do something more beneficial with his time. As we’ve learned over the past two weeks, Trump’s administration has a glaringly obvious connection to Russia.This would be a prime example of something Chaffetz could investigate. But he doesn’t want to investigate Trump, he wants to continue investigating Clinton. Why? Because he’s ‘The Worst’. Late last week, Chaffetz sent a letter to Sessions, asking for him to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano (the man who set up Clinton’s private email server). Charge him for what exactly? I don’t even know. But this is so partisan it’s ridiculous.
This guy is also the one who was OUTRAGED that the ‘arrogant’ President Obama dared to use the presidential powers granted to him under the Antiquities Act when he declared Bears Ears a national monument in Utah. OH NO!! How dare he?!? Preserve land that is important to Native Americans and keep it from being misused by land-grabbing corporations? The nerve! But Trump’s ties to Russia and his extensive conflicts of interest are perfectly ok.
Steve King (Iowa): This assface has introduced House Bill H.R.610 which would strip funds for public education, instead putting the money into a voucher program. The bill also includes a repeal of nutrition standards in schools. We knew that it would be an uphill battle for public education as soon as DeVos was named Secretary of Education, I just didn’t think it would be this soon.
What King wants to do, is make the DoE’s only job to issue block grants to the states that qualify. The states then would spread out the funding to local education agencies (LEA’s) based on the number of eligible children in the geographical area of said LEA. The LEA would then distribute funds to parents who choose to enroll their children in private school or home school (I’m sure that no funds would be ‘lost’ or misused as they are moved from hand to hand) . How do states qualify? They have to abide by the DoE decimating public education in their state. This is so dumb. I’m all for positive education reform, meaning putting more money into it, paying teachers more, treating education as sacrosanct to the country. This does not do that. This is pulling money out of public education so that people have to put their kids into private or for-profit (voucher) schools. If someone isn’t religious, why would they want their children indoctrinated at a religiously affiliated institution? Or did you just want to put your kid in a for-profit school? Does anyone really think that those schools are good for our kids? When it becomes more about how much money they can make, it becomes less about the children. Class sizes that are too large, arts and extra curriculars non-existent. This is not the way to teach our kids.
The law also includes a repeal of the rule that established nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. The rule required schools to increase availability of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk. It also called for reductions in sodium, saturated fat, and trans fats. King calls this the “No Hungry Kids Act” and I call it the “Are You Fucking Kidding Me Act”. He’d rather your kids be full of junk food, sugar, and chemicals than actual nutritious food. Makes sense.
Thomas Massie (Kentucky): Maybe King’s bill won’t be needed though because Massie just wants to abolish the DoE altogether. He introduced a bill (H.R.899) that would disband the DoE by December 31, 2018. He believes it should be left up to the states to decide how kids are educated. But let’s look at how that could be a huge clusterfuck. Red states, those states that are typically poorer and less educated would be in charge of their education, just like the blue states (more money, better educated). If you think we have disparity in education and incomes now, what happens when there is zero federal oversight on how and what kids are taught? Kids in Texas will be learning that dinosaurs roamed the earth 6,000 years ago with Jesus. Kids in Alabama and Mississippi will learn that the Civil War was about state’s rights, not about slavery and racism. We cannot have 50 different versions of the same issues being taught across this country. The dumbing down of America begins…
Mike Rogers (Alabama): The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017 will essentially pull the United States from the U.N. It would bar us from contributing troops or funds to U.N. peacekeeping missions, would end our membership in the World Health Organization, and strip U.N. employees of diplomatic immunity. This is ‘America First’ at its finest. He’s so stupid that he clearly doesn’t realize the economic, foreign policy and security repercussions that this would have. It would completely undermine our interests at home and around the globe (not that that hasn’t already happened with Trump as president). All this is, is ass kissing to Trump and his cultish followers. This bill has zero chance of passing. Rogers doesn’t even sit on the house Foreign Affairs Committee, meaning he has little to no leverage in even getting this on to the floor. He just wanted to show why he’s ‘The Worst’.
Matt Gaetz (Florida): Are you one of those climate change deniers? Then this bill is for you! H.R.861 would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency!!! About time! I mean seriously, all this recycling and emissions restricting crap has gotten way out of hand. It’s time to start polluting our air, rivers and streams again. But this is really right in keeping with Trump’s agenda after he nominated (and the republican congress confirmed) climate change denier and EPA enemy, Scott Pruitt as the…head of the EPA. This is another bill that has no chance of passing. It’s just a waste of time, but republicans seem to be good at doing that.
Republicans in government are extremist and are bending to the will of a mentally ill fascist. Stay tuned for our next installment of ‘The Worst’. And if you have any contestants in mind, send them my w