Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill on February 15, 2018, in Washington, DC. Many veterans and organizers suggest that Shulkin is being pushed out in favor of putting a pro-privatization ideologue in charge. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/ Getty Images)
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the only Trump cabinet member to be unanimously confirmed, is now embroiled in scandal and the Koch-funded propaganda machine is working hard to amplify the bad news. This has veterans groups worried that Shulkin will be replaced by a candidate who will use the chaos to accelerate the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration.
The US banking establishment has been at war with the post office since 1910, when the Postal Savings Bank Act established a public savings alternative to a private banking system that crashed the economy in the Bank Panic of 1907. Now, the US Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal banking could fill that need.
Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials boast about making New York "the fairest big city in America," they remain committed to the racist "broken windows" theory of policing. While the mayor and district attorney paint themselves as progressives, police continue to aggressively enforce low-level offenses like subway turnstile jumping against poor New Yorkers.