Every single day since the election there are two or three times when James will say the following words as I make breakfast, or brush my teeth before bed, or pour afternoon coffee. “‘You have to hear this.”
Then he reads a report that stops me from whatever I was doing to either utter a disdainful response or smirk and laugh at the simple minded. If you ever wonder why so many Americans laugh at conservatives well read on. And if laughing at these folks makes us elitist…..well, hell yes, then call us elitist as we sure do not want to be like them.
The absolute stupidity of the incoming Trump Administration has no basement. It just keeps getting worse and worse. What does this story say about the IQ of Rick Perry–a conservative Republican who wanted to get rid of this federal agency? He did not even know what the agency did! And he still did not know when accepting to be the secretary!
When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.
In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.
Two-thirds of the agency’s annual $30 billion budget is devoted to maintaining, refurbishing and keeping safe the nation’s nuclear stockpile; thwarting nuclear proliferation; cleaning up and rebuilding an aging constellation of nuclear production facilities; and overseeing national laboratories that are considered the crown jewels of government science.
“If you asked him on that first day he said yes, he would have said, ‘I want to be an advocate for energy,’” said Michael McKenna, a Republican energy lobbyist who advised Mr. Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and worked on the Trump transition’s Energy Department team in its early days. “If you asked him now, he’d say, ‘I’m serious about the challenges facing the nuclear complex.’ It’s been a learning curve.”