That notorious right-wing rag, Politico, is lauding the Trump Administration’s efforts at cleaning up Superfund sites. Excerpt:
“The crazy thing that still baffles me is how far above and beyond the minimum requirement this administration has gone,” says Ed Smith, who lobbied for the cleanup of the West Lake site during his time with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, of the aggressive settlements. “You’d think this was a business-friendly administration,” he said, but the EPA under Trump struck a far more aggressive cleanup agreement with the polluting parties at the West Lake Landfill than Obama’s had—to the tune of an extra $150 million in remediation costs for the polluter, Smith figured. “I honestly wake up every day pinching myself. Is this real?”
For this story, I spoke with dozens of activists who agreed: The EPA under Trump has showed what it can look like when an administration gets serious about cleaning up long-neglected sites. Some of these activists are voting Republican for the first time in their lives. Some have seen their backyards and communities finally cleaned up because of the Trump administration’s EPA.
“I been a Democrat all my life,” Worley-Jenkins said. “Trump actually gives us money to clean up these sites that have been here forever,” she said. “Obama talked a lot of crap, but did very little. And people don’t realize that. They want to praise him, but he didn’t do nothing. He didn’t do s—.”
The Trump administration’s efforts to prioritize the Superfund site in her home town have made her a believer. She’s getting into local politics and campaigned for a county magistrate slot this summer. It was a nonpartisan position, but Worley-Jenkins wasn’t hiding her affiliation. “I’m running as a Republican,” she said at the time.
Compare the statements on two administrations: Obama, and Trump. Compare the administration headed by a man who has never held an honest job in his life, to one headed by a man who spent his entire life in the private sector until he ran for President.
Granted this is one instance, in one policy area. However, think on this: one of the key benefits of a strict term-limits amendment, as I’ve been championing for some time, would be to force out the permanent political class, and bring more people who have produced results in the private sector into government – for a short time.
Predictions are hard to make, especially about the future, but I can’t help but think this would improve governance in the U.S. a great deal. Bring in people who know, and who have lived in the world, where results matter.