Just in case we all missed it, and I suspect we were supposed to, the House of Representatives recently gutted the rules for Buying American products for federal projects. [DWT] What was all that palaver about ‘saving American jobs,’ and ‘promoting American manufacturing?’ Evidently it’s meaningless to Nevada Representatives Amodei, Hardy (happily on his way out) and Heck (happily on his way out) – all of whom voted in favor of the Water and Energy bill (H.R. 2028) from which the HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP had stripped the “Buy American” provisions.
It might also be interesting to hear from Senator Dean Heller on the Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election? Yes, 17 US intelligence agencies – not just the CIA – said Russia was behind the hacking. [USAT] There’s no “confusion” over this conclusion. There’s no “false flag” operation – that’s the province of fake news and conspiracy theorists. There’s just no question – and yet Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) has yet to join the bipartisan call for Congressional investigation of this important matter? If a foreign country can hack in and seek to manipulate a U.S. election, what’s to say it can’t gather blackmail-bait on the Republicans as well as Democrats?
And, what’s the Senator’s stance on GOP plans to cut Social Security? Here’s the first draft of that plan. The basics:
Those measures include gradually raising the retirement age for receiving full benefits from 67 to 69 and adopting a less generous cost of living index than the current one. The proposal would also inaugurate means testing by changing the benefits formula to reduce payments to wealthier retirees. It would also eliminate the annual COLA adjustments for wealthier individuals and their families. [Financial Times]
It would be easier to sit back and pretend this is a normal political season but it isn’t, and when Teen Vogue does a better job of explaining the Gaslighting of America than the D.C. press, then we ought to figure we’re in trouble – from lies about manufacturing jobs to lies about election hacking to lies about Social Security —
“To gas light is to psychologically manipulate a person to the point where they question their own sanity, and that’s precisely what Trump is doing to this country. He gained traction in the election by swearing off the lies of politicians, while constantly contradicting himself, often without bothering to conceal the conflicts within his own sound bites. He lied to us over and over again, then took all accusations of his falsehoods and spun them into evidence of bias.” [Teen Vogue]
And that sums up the beginnings of the Trumpster’s administration.