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How many more times, Truthseekers, can we say "what does it take to remove Trump from office, legally and peacefully?"
It's our mantra. We have become inured to the daily onslaught of fresh Trump Terrors and Tantrums -- the shock lessens with each passing news cycle. He has sucked the oxygen out of the county, leaving no room for other crucial topics, like climate change and the deadly natural disasters that result; the genocide in Syria, in Palestine, in Somalia, in North Korea; the nuclear maniac in North Korea; the gun violence pandemic that has turned our nation into, as Greg Palast has said, an Armed Madhouse.
Maybe that's the grand plan -- constant distraction from the real problems the Neocons want us to forget.
But whatever stunning new hell dominates the telescreens on a given day, the outrage we should feel is dulled like the lethal opioids Trump vowed to his zealous voters he, and only He, would destroy.
It should be the number one news story each day. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 50,000 Americans just last year. That's about 15,000 more drug deaths than gun deaths". which should be the number two story each day.
So what is Dear Leader doing to fulfill his promise to save the lives of tens of thousands of Americans from this unparalleled opioid crisis? Oh, he picked a drug czar accused of helping remove regulations on drug companies accused of fuelling the opioid crisis. Because of course he did.
Salon has this report on the explosive CBS 60 Minutes and Washington Post joint investigation into the latest Trump scandal. This month.
"Along with CBS' '60 Minutes,' the Post's investigation found that 'amid a targeted lobbying effort, Congress weakened the DEA's ability to go after drug distributors. Partially a function of what is known as the 'revolving door' in Washington, D.C., after a successful stint of crackdowns that saw the shutdown of hundreds of pill mills across the nation, the DEA significantly slowed its efforts to stop the flow of prescription painkillers.
"Drug companies upset by the agency's efficacy offered former DEA and Justice Department officials high-priced salaries to switch sides. By 2013, after successful lobbying, DEA lawyers began requiring a higher standard of proof before cases against drug distributors could move forward. After reviewing the DEA diversion office's civil caseload in 2014, Chief Administrative Law Judge John J. Mulrooney II wrote that 'there can be little doubt that the level of administrative Diversion enforcement remains stunningly low for a national program.'
"Republicans in Congress then further handcuffed the DEA.
"Passed with bipartisan support but to little fanfare last year, legislation sponsored by two House Republicans -- both of whom are now up for prominent promotions -- effectively stripped the DEA of its most potent weapon against drug distributors.
"The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act makes it more difficult for the DEA to temporarily suspend licenses of companies accused of failing to report suspicious orders of drugs. There are thousands of distributors among the 1.6 million people and companies that hold DEA licenses to dispense drugs, but three of them -- McKesson, Amerisource Bergen and Cardinal Health -- account for 85 percent of the drug shipments, according to the Post. The 2016 law made it 'virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies,' the Post probe also found, citing internal Justice Department documents.
"Donald Trump nominated the lawmaker most responsible for that legislation to head the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position that requires Senate confirmation. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., who was one of Trump's early congressional backers, has been tapped to police an industry that donated $134,000 to his 2014 and 2016 re-election campaigns, according to campaign finance website Open Secrets. His former chief of staff left shortly after shepherding the legislation through Congress, to become vice president of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores."
Have we mentioned yet tonight how much we hate these people?
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