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Shuffling the Deck and Hiding the Cards: House Guts Buy American rules

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.

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The Gaslighting of America: For Your Reference

Gaslight poster

“The classic example of gaslighting is to switch something around on someone that you know they’re sure to notice, but then deny knowing anything about it, and to explain that they “must be imagining things” when they challenge these changes.” [Urban Dictionary]

And now, some reference material on Donald J. Trump and the use of gaslighting in American politics.

Nicole Hemmer, “Trump is Gaslighting America,” US News & World Report, March 15, 2016.

Melissa Jeltsen, “Donald Trump is Successfully Conning the Entire Country,” Huffington Post, March 16, 2016.

Andrea Grimes, “The GOP is Gaslighting America – On National Television,” Texas Observer, July 20, 2016.

Mary Elizabeth Williams, “A Gaslighting Codependent Circus: The Trump Train Wreck is America’s Dysfunctional Family”, Salon, August 3, 2016.

Brian Beutler, “Trump’s Racist Birther Gaslighting Strategy has Taken Over the GOP,” The New Republic, September 19, 2016.

Karoli Kuns, “Which Polls? Trump Surrogate Tries to Gaslight CNN.” Crooks and Liars, August 17, 2016.

Matt Gertz, “What To Do When The Trump Campaign is Gaslighting Your Network,” MMFA, June 8, 2016.

David Marcus, “Lewandowski Case Shows How Donald Trump is Gaslighting America,” The Federalist, March 30, 2016.

You’ve seen the numbers. 

“According to the CDC and Census data, for the first three months of of 2016 the uninsured rate is 8.6% down from 9.2% last year, and from 15.7% before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. For just the 18 -64 demographic the same study shows the uninsured rate at 11.9%, down from 13% in 2015, down from 22.3% in 2010 when the ACA was signed into law. These represent the lowest uninsured rates in over 50 years according to the studies (which are all based on census data).” [OCF]

So, when Donald Trump tells you the Affordable Care Act and Patient’s Bill of Rights is a ‘failure.’ You’re being gaslighted.

When Donald Trump tells you that inner city crime is reaching record levels, you’re being gaslighted.

“The patterns for homicide are the same as they are for violent crime generally — they have been declining since the early-to-mid 1990s.

The same pattern holds for the subset of the nation’s very largest cities — those of 1 million or more residents. In 2014, the violent crime rate in these largest cities was 658.7 per 100,000 residents, a significant decline from 868.9 in 2006 (and even higher in earlier years). Over the same period, the murder rate in these cities fell from 12.3 per 100,000 residents to 7.4 per 100,000 residents.

A cursory look at a few specific cities shows that the number of murders, even at their somewhat elevated rate today, are well below their peaks in the 1990s.” [Politifact]

When Donald Trump tells you that Stop and Frisk was successful in reducing crime, you’re being gaslighted.

“Trump praises stop-and-frisk policies under former New York City mayor Rudolph Guliani. But it’s debatable whether the stop-and-frisk policies had such a direct impact on crime, as Trump suggests. Crime is affected by many factors, and New York’s decline in crime mirrored the decline in many other major cities at the time. Moreover, crime was declining for four years before Giuliani took office, and it continued to decline for 14 years after he left.” [WaPo]

On these, and several other issues, Mr. Trump is flickering the lights, hiding the watch, pocketing the brooch, and moving the picture.  And, we can’t say we haven’t been warned.

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