Nov. 17, 2016

Be careful what you wish for.  If you voted for change in the last election, you are going to get plenty of it.

PeoplearesayingTrump will dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, starting by placing Myron Ebell, a climate change denier, at its head.  The progress that the United States has made working with other countries to combat global warming will be at risk.  There will be more erratic weather patterns, rising sea levels, hurricanes, fires, droughts, floods and famines.

Trump’s isolationist foreign policy will reduce U.S. influence around the world.  His criticism of American commitments to our allies in NATO and South Korea raises uncertainty about our policies, and threatens America’s continuing influence around the world.  Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to take advantage of what he sees as America’s weakness, and Trumps’ widespread economic interests in Russia and elsewhere will only complicate America’s foreign relations.

Trump will nominate a new justice to the Supreme Court who will turn the court in a conservative direction for the next couple of decades.  The Court will continue to disable voting rights, limit women’s rights, and allow corporations to spend unlimited funds on political elections.

Some things will not change.  Workers in rust-belt America will continue to look for a decreasing number of jobs.  Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) will not be repealed.  We will all be able to continue to watch the greatest reality TV show of all time . . .   until they turn off the power.

Note: The views of the commentator are not necessarily those of the Villager staff.

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