Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt can’t fly coach because people in coach inform him that he is “Fucking up the environment,” so he is forced to fly First Class, where, ostensibly, people don’t give a damn if he is “fucking up the environment.” This is his actual excuse.
This is much like one in a courtroom convicted of murdering his parents pleading that he is a poor orphan as his defense. In Pruitt’s case, he’s been accused of wasting taxpayer dollars on luxurious travel costs (but he has such a great defense, one must avoid embarrassing if truthful comments).
President Trump’s cabinet includes a plethora of elites who want to deny necessities to millions of citizens by cutting government, while enjoying opulent amenities at public expense themselves. Government may be too caring for the masses, but it will never be too excessive for them.
Pruitt was attorney general for Oklahoma, where he opposed environmental regulations, coming to the attention of Trump, who seemingly has appointed all of his cabinet officers to destroy the agency each represents, at least as far as it protects any but the ruling plutocrats and their transnational corporations.
Like so many of Trump’s appointees, Pruitt rejects science. He is a climate change denier who sees no need for environmental protection. In fact, he dissolved the environmental protection unit in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, shortly after he was elected to that post in 2010.
While Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt transformed the office into an opponent of environmental regulations, suing the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (which he now heads) at least 14 times for trying to clean up the air and water.
Pruitt is obviously EPA director for his devotion to kissing plutocrat butt at the expense of the public interest. In a just society, such a person would be doing 20 to life at hard labor for undermining the health and safety of hundreds of millions. Unfortunately we do not have a system of justice based on anything akin to actual justice, it is more accurately described as “turds float to the top.”
We not only do not see justice emanating from our alleged representatives in government, but increasingly we get punished for opening our mouths. Over the years we see the FBI spying on environmentalists seen to be interfering with business interests doing business as usual.
And if you should find yourself riding in coach on a flight where you notice Pruitt sitting across the aisle, for heaven’s sake don’t inform him that he is fucking up the environment—he’ll just move to first class and make you pay for it, as he continues to fuck up the environment more expensively.
Jack Balkwill has been published from the little read Rectangle, magazine of the English Honor Society, to the (then) millions of readers USA Today and many progressive publications/web sites such as Z Magazine, In These Times, Counterpunch, This Can’t Be Happening, Intrepid Report, and Dissident Voice. He is author of “An Attack on the National Security State,” about peace activists in prison.