Tom Tiffany and White Privilege
Far-right Congressman from northern Wisconsin opposes Native American Secretary of Interior.
Wisconsin’s Northwoods GOP U.S. Rep. 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 righ-wing 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 since the Senate votes on confirmation of appointments. The letter urged President Joe Biden to withdraw his nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior.
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 U.S. Rep. 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 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.
* 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 were reminded just a couple of 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.
I ask because Tiffany was a tourism business owner who had run a boating firm for 20 years in that area. I wonder if he and others in Northern Wisconsin understand that this entire territory was taken under duress from indigenous people back in the 19th century, people whose descendants Tiffany is now ‘representing’ – while having worked in the Legislature to further degrade the small territory they have left. Does he understand that without land, water, wildlife and timber taken from the tribes, he and other business owners in the Northwoods would have had nothing to offer to customers?
Shorter summary: Does Tiffany have a clue about his own entitled white privilege?