Fear and cronyism are the tools of the mis-manager:
This is nothing more than manipulation of the people’s government for the political aggrandizement of the governor and his political cronies. It is quite the strange move from a governor who campaigned against the government he said was corrupted by politics.
This inevitably will have serious consequences. When air and water are fouled, they can be ruined for good. When health regulations are reduced, safety can be also. It is always better to be cautious than reckless when it comes to regulating. And it’s chilling to think that state employees, loyal employees, now can be fired – for doing their jobs.
It is chilling. It's one thing to put pressure on desk-jockeys, but it's quite another thing to take an official who is responsible for the hands-on implementation and oversight of both state and federal statutes dealing with health and safety, and try to bend that person to your political will. It's more than just unfair to the regulator, who will soon find him- or her-self in an untenable position. It's downright dangerous to the people who believe they are protected by those statutes.