Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tom Tiffany likes # of Native American cabinet members kept at zero

Wisconsin's Northwoods GOP US Cong. Tom Tiffany - 

Image of Tom Tiffany

kicked off his Congressional service with a sedition-hugging election overthrow vote, but apparently felt that didn't make a big enough splash in the Republican rightwing sewer.

So Tiffany is raising his commitment to exclusionary 'governance' by signing a going-nowhere-public letter/dog whistle written by House Representatives who have no say in the matter that urged Pres. Biden to withdraw his nomination of Cong. Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. 

President Biden:

January 26, 2021

We write today urging the withdrawal of the nomination of Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) as Secretary of the Interior. Nominating Representative Haaland is a direct threat to working men and women and a rejection of responsible development of America’s natural resources.

If approved by the Senate, Cong. Haaland would be the first Native American to serve in a Presidential cabinet.

But that single, simple step towards a more representative US Government is unacceptable to Tiffany and 14 other members of Congress - including Colorado's unstable GOP Cong. Lauren Boebert - all of whom are finding new ways to shame their home states while cashing salary checks of nearly $15,000 month collected from all taxpayers of all political parties, races, ethnicities, et al.  

As to Tiffany, regrettably we say - what's new?

He accumulated a long, dreary record as a state legislator reliably ready to do business's most reactionary bidding.

* He sandbagged climate science at the Department of Natural Resources. Some additional history, here.

* He led the failed fight to mine the Penokee Hills - regardless of the damage it would have caused to Native American land, waters and treaty rights - all at then-Gov. Walker's behest.

* And he later wrote a broader bill that has opened up land and water resources statewide to destructive sulfide mining:

Gov. Scott Walker signed into law on Monday a bill lifting the state's effective moratorium on sulfide mining, a move supporters say will clear the way for an economic boost to depressed areas of the state. But opponents say the environmental risks are too great to allow such activity. 

The bill's authors, Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, say it allows conversations about mining to occur that cannot happen under current law. 


It's a little more consequential than that, as we learned just three days ago:

Natural Resources Board Approves New Rules For Sulfide Mining

State Regulators Must Notify Tribes Near Any Proposed Sulfide Mine.

The changes are part of proposed new permanent rules for nonferrous metallic mines that extract sulfide minerals like gold, zinc and copper. The rules aim to comply with changes as part of a 2017 law that repealed the state's decades-old mining moratorium. 

Final thought: I have no first-hand knowledge of how school districts in Northern Wisconsin, and in Tiffany's Congressional district, teach local and state history.

But as a tourism business owner who had run a boating firm for 20 years, I wonder if he and others in Northern Wisconsin understand that without land, water, wildlife and timber taken under duress from the indigenous people whom Tiffany is 'representing' - while having worked in the Legislature to further degrade the small territory they have left - he and other business owners in the Northwoods would have had nothing to offer to customers at all. 

Shorter summary: Does Tiffany have a clue about his own entitled white privilege?

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