Ah, the curse of living in interesting times. Professional pundits are having more fun than a man wearing an aluminum foil hat in a room full of conspiracy theorists. Want to start in Mississippi? Sure. We can talk about allegations that Mississippi’s Department of Human Services, which funnels federal welfare money to meet localized needs, gave a professional wrestler over $2 million to fund a faith-based “ministry.” The professional nickname of that wrestler, Ted DiBiase, was “The Million Dollar Man.” Really. You couldn’t put this in a novel or the publisher would say it was unbelievable.
Don’t want to talk about things too close to home? Our current president, intoxicated by the fact that he has been acquitted by the Senate, has declared himself the “chief law enforcement official” in the country. He followed through on this statement by pardoning a slew of white collar criminals, some of them former friends. I’m not sure anybody can overstate the damage he has done to the presidency.
Sick of thinking about the Swamp? Here’s a riveting look at the Heartland Institute, an American thinktank devoted to discrediting the notion that humans have caused climate change. Heartland’s real interests are economic and political. However, it uses the veneer of science to justify policies that will have significantly negative environmental impacts. (I wouldn’t be surprised if our current president gets briefed by Heartland staffers. How else can anyone justify the removal of EPA regulations that have been embraced and useful since the 1970s?)