Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone reminds us that Donald Trump wants "extreme vetting" for immigrants and refugees but not for banksters. Mr. Trump's economic advisors "represent a rogues gallery of the creeps most responsible for the 2008 crash," and that Mr. Trump "talks a big game when slamming the door on penniless refugees, but curls up like a beach weakling around guys who have more money than he does." That includes the people who caused the 2008 crash, now "back in charge of non-policing themselves."
The New York Times suggests Scott Pruitt will destroy the EPA "with a scalpel, not a cleaver." They're right to note that it would be difficult to get rid of the EPA, since the EPA enforces actual laws, and the process for reversing their regulations itself requires lengthy study and public comment periods -- but maybe Donald Trump eats some hot peppers and then just abolishes the EPA through Executive Order, daring the courts to step in. And then Mr. Pruitt actually looks like a good guy, almost like that was the whole idea.
Linda Pentz Gunter at TruthOut reminds us that the renewable energy sector provides a much, much fastest rate of job growth in America than fossil fuel corporations. Of course, it's a growing sector, which means more buildout, which means more jobs, but that's the whole point -- a smart government identifies sectors that are already growing and gives them the help they need to employ even more Americans. And do you think run-down coal towns would be picky about the precise kind of energy grid we could build in them?
MIT blackjack pro explains how the Falcons lost the Super Bowl by "ignoring the odds." Their utter failure to run the ball in the second half (why, even Andy Reid runs the ball when he's up three touchdowns!) was the story in my locker room at work yesterday morning, but the Falcons' failure to run down the clock on individual snaps may have been even more crucial -- and again, anyone who watched Tom Coughlin's Giants beat the Patriots in two Super Bowls knows the best way to beat them is to keep the ball from them.
Finally, House Reps are starting to avoid holding townhall meetings, due to the pushback they've been getting from their constituents. Our Reps are such weaklings! We're not even three weeks into the Trump Presidency! They have no sense complaining their opponents are "anarchists" (your neighbor with three kids is an "anarchist"?), but they have no right complaining about "coordination," as if Americans have no right to talk to each other or something. But it doesn't matter -- they'll have to go out in public sooner or later.