It's certainly nice to be back home after my travels over the holidays.
That old saying that "there is no place like home" is ringing true right about now.
I have enjoyed blogging over the holidays, though. You field hands kept my company and made me feel like I didn't miss a beat.
Anyway, I saw a couple of stories today that made me think of what a horrific few years we have to look forward to with the GOP in total control of things in Washington.
First, they tried to slip one by on us by gutting the ethics office which acts as an independent watchdog whose job it is to oversee them.
They did it behind closed doors, which was kind of to be expected. Burglars and thieves usually strike when no one is watching. Donald is going to just love this bunch. The party has already started down in South Florida in anticipation of things to come, and Donald and his shady business partners are rubbing their little fingers together.
Jump in the swamp, fellows, the water is fine.
Speaking of water, four children lost their lives tragically in Texas when water in their home mixed with a pesticide to form a deadly gas.
Folks, incidents like this will become more frequent but with the same deadly consequences if the republicans had their way and do away with the EPA and other regulatory agencies so that their big business pals can do as they please with our safety and the environment.
"Davis told the Amarillo Globe-News he wasn't sure how long the residents had been exposed to the phosphine gas before a visitor arrived Monday and found everyone sick and called 911. Phosphine gas can cause respiratory failure and in severe cases can cause a pulmonary edema, which fills the lungs full of fluid, he said.[Source]
The GOP has backed off their initial plans to gut the ethics watchdog committee. It's nice to see that they came to their senses. But I don't expect that this will last. As soon as the spotlight leaves they will be back to their old tricks.
*Pic from salon.com