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It was a challenge for many of my co-workers to get to the office today. The DC Metropolitan Police have cordoned off more streets and created a much wider security zone than they did for the Antifa/BLM rioting. And this will be in effect until at least Inauguration Day on the 21st. Apparently, the MAGA hordes are deemed to be a far greater threat than invariably violent leftist “demonstrators.” This operant risk assessment seems way out of proportion (the Capitol Hill fiasco notwithstanding) but our rulers see things differently.

The silly caricature of Trump-as-Hitler — and his 70 million voters as dangerous radical haters, barely worthy of citizenship, and certainly not worthy of participating in public discourse — is now not just a Twitter meme but has mutated into an article of faith among well-placed persons.

I used to laugh at the growing intellectual flaccidity of the left. I assumed that stupidity was a weakness. Turns out It’s a potent weapon. The silly and sophomoric NYT 1619 Project flourishes within a population with an unprecedented ignorance of history. A polar bear photoshopped onto a tiny ice floe outweighs 40 years of satellite climate data. For the past year, we have surrendered rights and economic well-being to “non-pharmaceutical interventions” that we know with certainty do not work and were not even recommended by extant science at the time of their imposition. But a narrative of fear and protective power was accepted and defended even when it was obvious that that power was placed in the hands of disingenuous, incompetent buffoons.

Even among people with enough education and professional experience to know better, the habit of only arguing with caricatures and straw men is now the norm on the left. I have read law professors who claim that the judicial doctrine of “original intent” is just psychologizing about the mind of a document drafter and not rigorous scholarship about the meaning of terms as they were used at the time. There are (alleged) economists who argue that market-driven efficiency is just a Panglossian fantasy about economic perfection that does not exist (or a device to conceal injustice) instead of the enduring truth that production and distribution by choice rather than by fiat invariably produce better outcomes.

Most educated leftists do not know that schools of thought and analysis such as Law and Economics or Public Choice even exist. Nevertheless, if they happen to encounter such ideas, they are fully prepared to dismiss them with a cartoon rendition of such concepts. History, economics, religion, law, even science are reduced to the level of distorted bullet points on some list within the narrative.

But the most dangerous instance of the prevailing stupidities is the caricature of everyone off-campus or otherwise not part of enlightened communities as ignorant, anti-science, hateful, racist, and violent. It is a myth that justifies repression and much else that is un-American and evil.

Over four decades ago, Ben Stein’s witty and insightful The View from Sunset Boulevard was published. Stein detailed the mindset of Hollywood liberals. Most of that is still entirely applicable. We still know, for example, that the Black or Puerto Rican kid arrested in the first ten minutes of the cop show episode did not murder the call girl and that our dogged detective hero (who doesn’t go by the book) will uncover the truth that the rich white stockbroker was the real killer. Chapter by chapter, he gently, humorously but accurately described a worldview that still produces almost everything that makes it to a TV or movie screen. Add in some paeans to novel sexual identities and practices and it is otherwise the same mental universe today.

But the point most relevant here is Stein’s observation that in the 1970s, so many former eastern city dwellers in Hollywood romanticized and idealized their urban origins and mostly tended to disparage flyover country. A recurring theme in movies and TV is that any innocent, enlightened urbanite driving between urban oases was in the land of inbreds and the KKK. Car trouble or stopping anywhere invited mortal danger. Middle America was a seething, primitive beast, just awaiting the order from its Führer to arise. That beast never existed but the myth of its existence has never been more prevalent than now.

Not so very long ago, the stunningly asinine statements by the now-fired PBS lawyer about Nazis and re-education camps for the children of MAGA hordes would be regarded as vile and shockingly stupid even if uttered by a college sophomore but if it had not been captured by Project Veritas, would anybody at PBS actually have been shocked or offended if they overheard him? That he felt comfortable spewing that bilge while at PBS is perhaps more frightening than the content itself.

I routinely dismissed the social media nonsense about Trump-as-Hitler because (a) Bush 41 and Bush 43 as well as Reagan were also Hitler in that rhetorical universe and (b) only a moron with no grasp of government structure, the realities of media and financial power and the actual benign record of Trump’s use of executive power (certainly as compared to Obama) would make such allusions. (Man, did I miscalculate the magnitudes of stupid out there.)

Big lies burn out, especially if acted upon. The only issue is how soon and how much damage will be wrought in the meantime.

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  1. MichaelKennedy Inactive

    Well said. My sympathy for having to live in the belly of the beast. I am so happy to be retired. Fortunately, my profession-Surgery- was still relying on competence before I retired. I am not so sure about future medical graduates. I am seeing pressure on medical schools to admit more lesser qualified applicants and to graduate them as a requirement. I taught medical students to examine and interview patients for 15 years. I was (and am) a bit of a curmudgeon and required that they learn examination skills like those traditional for 100 years. Just before I retired again, I met the new Dean of Diversity. I expect I escaped just in time.

    Now I am a patient and it is an interesting (frightening) experience. My wife, last October, had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. It was done by a young woman surgeon who assured us it was “a piece of cake” as an RAF pilot might have said. I had done the same operation on a thousand patients in the early days of that operation. I was always aware of the risks since the anatomy is variable. This young, confident surgeon botched the operation resulting in four more hospitalizations for my wife.

    God help us all.

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  2. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Old Bathos: I routinely dismissed the social media nonsense about Trump-as-Hitler because (a) Bush 41 and Bush 43 as well as Reagan were also Hitler in that rhetorical universe

    Every President since Truman has been compared to Hitler to one degree or another. It seems that Hitler has become a spectrum.

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  3. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge

    Lefties live in such an echo chamber that no idea/strawman/characterization is ever challenged. Just as steel sharpens steel, fluff dulls fluff. Leftists have been weakened by living in an intellectual-gravity-free environment for too long. It happens on the Right, but less so. Lockdowns and social media make it all worse.

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    • January 13, 2021, at 10:17 AM PST
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  4. CACrabtree Coolidge

    “I assumed that stupidity was a weakness. Turns out it’s a potent weapon.”

    EXCELLENT! How many times do we see a reasoned, logical argument made that a Leftist cannot refute and the cretin will sniff that the argument was made by a person that “probably watches Fox News” and proudly walk away, claiming that he/she has won the argument.

    I saw the Project Veritas video but I wasn’t terribly surprised. The idiot was just mouthing what the majority of Leftists believe. No one should be surprised if/when those type of comments become part of the Progressive mainstream.

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    • January 13, 2021, at 10:22 AM PST
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  5. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Well said. My sympathy for having to live in the belly of the beast. I am so happy to be retired. Fortunately, my profession-Surgery- was still relying on competence before I retired. I am not so sure about future medical graduates. I am seeing pressure on medical schools to admit more lesser qualified applicants and to graduate them as a requirement. I taught medical students to examine and interview patients for 15 years. I was (and am) a bit of a curmudgeon and required that they learn examination skills like those traditional for 100 years. Just before I retired again, I met the new Dean of Diversity. I expect I escaped just in time.

    Now I am a patient and it is an interesting (frightening) experience. My wife, last October, had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. It was done by a young woman surgeon who assured us it was “a piece of cake” as an RAF pilot might have said. I had done the same operation on a thousand patients in the early days of that operation. I was always aware of the risks since the anatomy is variable. This young, confident surgeon botched the operation resulting in four more hospitalizations for my wife.

    God help us all.

    I got to know some talented internists when I was doing med lab stuff in the Army back in the last century. Like my pathologist boss, they were compulsive teachers and I admit to being sometimes awed by what they explained afterward as to what they could see and notice and how that guided their questions. (I was in the room during exams to collect bloodwork or swabs or BP or do whatever else they needed.)

    When I was working nights in a hospital after I left the military (and an undergraduate in the daytime) I could see that there were docs who had the art as well as the science some who clearly did not. I recall one newly minted doctor, a very anxious young woman who took it personally if the lab results did not confirm her diagnosis. Her response seemed like “this situation was not in the textbook so it was clearly unfair to put in on the exam.” A more senior lab guy once rather presumptuously but gently reminded her that blood work on elderly patients is often rife with abnormal results (she was an infamous shotgunner) and suggested a consultation with a particularly knowledgeable doc to help with interpretation rather than repeat everything. Again. That did not go well. A co-worker sometimes referred to the multiple request slips with almost every available test checked off as “pre-autopsy physicals.” 

    Now that I am an elderly consumer of medical services, I find that checking off boxes on a form on a clipboard while in a waiting room instead of an examination and history taken by a skilled physician seems wrong somehow, like being cheated.

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  6. MarciN Member

    Old Bathos: and the actual benign record of Trump’s use of executive power (certainly as compared to Obama)

    This is what I see as evidence of the tremendous power of Big Tech and Big Media.

    Trump hasn’t hurt anyone. He has only helped people.

    He sought prison reform. One of those reforms was to unshackle pregnant prisoners. Our friends on the left apparently never noticed. Prison reform was one reason I fled the Democratic Party. Their complete lack of interest in or caring about the often-inhumane conditions in the nation’s prisons was intolerable to me.

    He helped the Israelis by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Under his and Larry Kudlow’s leadership, the economy was doing so well that companies were going into poor neighborhoods to find employees. (I refuse to use the communist term “workers.” :-) )

    So many issues that were supposedly of concern to the Democrats he has addressed or fixed. Real problems.

    The only changes to American daily life that he oversaw in one way or another were good changes. He didn’t even disturb ObamaCare. He could see what everyone said when it was passed: ObamaCare was like a computer virus in that it inserted itself into every microscopic nook and cranny of our life and healthcare. It truly is impossible to extricate our country from it now without seriously harming innocent bystanders. His administration tinkered with it here and there, but the prediction of those like me who were opposed to the 3,000-page two-part affordable care act (it is correct to use lowercase for an informal title of a law or bill) has come true. It is nearly impossible to get out of it without a complete overhaul. I would favor that overhaul, but it would take a lot of time.

    I can’t help thinking that he scared the Washington bureaucracy out of their wits. Because of the pandemic, he has discovered some pretty terrible things about such legacy departments as the FDA and the CDC that he would have changed in a second term. I have no doubt that HCQ and Ivermectin would have been made available over the counter in a second Trump term. This is the Right to Try guy who is sick and tired of the federal government interfering in a patient’s healthcare.

    A great post. I wish it weren’t so true. I knew what a second Trump term would look like. A nice V-shaped recovery, for starters. I have no idea what Cuomo and Biden have in store for us.

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  7. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Old Bathos: Not so very long ago, the stunningly asinine statements by the now-fired PBS lawyer about Nazis and re-education camps for the children of MAGA hordes would be regarded as vile and shockingly stupid even if uttered by a college sophomore but if it had not been captured by Project Veritas, would anybody at PBS actually have been shocked or offended if they overheard him? That he felt comfortable spewing that bilge while at PBS is perhaps more frightening than the content itself.

    The lazy echo chamber in action. All the major news outlets except pick up the AP story so that the lead is that the lawyer compares Trump to “Hitler”. Yawn-nothing to see here. To the left, that is dogma so why all the fuss? You have to read down several paragraphs before the mention sending Trump supporters’ children to re-education camps. Fox leads with the insults to Trump supporters.

     

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  8. MichaelKennedy Inactive

    I got to know some talented internists when I was doing med lab stuff in the Army back in the last century. Like my pathologist boss, 

    My partner in practice joined the Air Force right out of high school. He became a lab tech at Wheelus AFB in Tunisia. He spent almost four years there. One of the pathologists took an interest in him and suggested he go to medical school. Many years later, he found that pathologist in Texas and had his son, who was now applying for medical school, to visit him. The son is now a surgeon and using the same office as his father.

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  9. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Concentation camps ar coming

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  10. Dave of Barsham Member

    Back when the whole “punch a Nazi” thing started up I had a conversation with a woman that I worked with about it. She just couldn’t understand why I would have a problem with punching a Nazi, even after I explained that after you’re convinced somebody is a Nazi, you’d be justified in doing almost anything to them. Dehumanizing opposition happens all the time, but I do believe the left has reached a point where nearly all their enemies are Nazis, and what wouldn’t you do to stop that kind of evil if you believe it to be true?

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  11. cdor Member
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    Misthiocracy got drunk and (View Comment):

    Old Bathos: I routinely dismissed the social media nonsense about Trump-as-Hitler because (a) Bush 41 and Bush 43 as well as Reagan were also Hitler in that rhetorical universe

    Every President since Truman has been compared to Hitler to one degree or another. It seems that Hitler has become a spectrum.

    Every Republican President. But after their current behavior in Congress, I don’t care what anyone calls them. They are rats.

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  12. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    Back when the whole “punch a Nazi” thing started up I had a conversation with a woman that I worked with about it. She just couldn’t understand why I would have a problem with punching a Nazi, even after I explained that after you’re convinced somebody is a Nazi, you’d be justified in doing almost anything to them. Dehumanizing opposition happens all the time, but I do believe the left has reached a point where nearly all their enemies are Nazis, and what wouldn’t you do to stop that kind of evil if you believe it to be true?

    They are Nazis protecting their Nazism onto everyone else. 

    And anyone who voted for Biden is part of them

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  13. Dbroussa Coolidge

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Concentation camps are coming

    We were promised death camps with Trump…worst dictator EVER!!!

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  14. Dbroussa Coolidge

    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    Back when the whole “punch a Nazi” thing started up I had a conversation with a woman that I worked with about it. She just couldn’t understand why I would have a problem with punching a Nazi, even after I explained that after you’re convinced somebody is a Nazi, you’d be justified in doing almost anything to them. Dehumanizing opposition happens all the time, but I do believe the left has reached a point where nearly all their enemies are Nazis, and what wouldn’t you do to stop that kind of evil if you believe it to be true?

    Its also of note that when anyone you disagree with is a Nazi, then you end up with a long list of people that not only you can punch, but MUST punch.

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  15. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Well said. My sympathy for having to live in the belly of the beast. I am so happy to be retired. Fortunately, my profession-Surgery- was still relying on competence before I retired. I am not so sure about future medical graduates. I am seeing pressure on medical schools to admit more lesser qualified applicants and to graduate them as a requirement. I taught medical students to examine and interview patients for 15 years. I was (and am) a bit of a curmudgeon and required that they learn examination skills like those traditional for 100 years. Just before I retired again, I met the new Dean of Diversity. I expect I escaped just in time.

    Now I am a patient and it is an interesting (frightening) experience. My wife, last October, had a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. It was done by a young woman surgeon who assured us it was “a piece of cake” as an RAF pilot might have said. I had done the same operation on a thousand patients in the early days of that operation. I was always aware of the risks since the anatomy is variable. This young, confident surgeon botched the operation resulting in four more hospitalizations for my wife.

    God help us all.

    I am beyond sad for your wife’s experience.

    I have been hearing for at least the last 6 to 8 years, how medical schools now spend far more time on having the students learn the vaccine schedule, and the 1,000’s of names of prescription drugs than anyone would think wise. Meanwhile the study of human anatomy has fallen by the wayside. Do we really as a nation want doctors who have spent 20% less time learning about human anatomy and the problems it can run into?

    It may also be true that doctors in both the ER and the main part of the hospital are forced to rely on tests to obtain diagnoses rather than clinical observation and resulting diagnosis. This is a tremendous failure on the part of hospital administrators, as sometimes one’s organs are failing intermittently and a test might not discover the problem. At least 20 years ago, there was the override switch of doctors being allowed to diagnose a patient.

    Then there is the push to utilize newly arrived immigrants who don’t even speak English as nurses’ aides. (Even though fluent use of English is often mandated by a state legislature, for any hospital personnel working with patients.)

    It is no wonder there are “Deans of Diversity” at the same time medical knowledge and patient care are de-emphasized. Because after all, when we have a major medical condition, isn’t the ethnic background and skin color of our med staff on our minds, above and beyond their expertise? (Meant sardonically.)

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  16. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Old Bathos: was a challenge for many of my co-workers to get to the office today. The DC Metropolitan Police have cordoned off more streets and created a much wider security zone than they did for the Antifa/BLM rioting. And this will be in effect until at least Inauguration Day on the 21st. Apparently, the MAGA hordes are deemed to be a far greater threat than invariably violent leftist “demonstrators.” This operant risk assessment seems way out of proportion (the Capitol Hill fiasco notwithstanding) but our rulers see things differently.

    Steven Hayward reports the same fear and attributes it to shock that a large group of citizens act like political masters, not servants of the Deep State.

    I had a conversation over the weekend with a senior career lawyer (who is a Trump supporter) with a federal agency who passed along some interesting information. He said career federal officials in Washington he spoke with on Thursday and Friday are seriously rattled by last Wednesday’s events. Among other things, the fact that apparently some Capitol Police were friendly with the protestors who entered the building have federal bureaucrats wondering whether they can fully trust their own security personnel. Will the feds start trying to screen security personnel by ideology? Oh, that’d be just great. Pretty sure there are a bunch of German names for a fully politicized police force, but I forget what they are right now.

    Beyond the security question, this person told me the mob action has been a psychological blow on the DC bureaucracy which didn’t think such an open expression of tangible disrespect for the government was possible. In other words, the capitol mob was a blow to their status, and Washingtonians believe the entire protest represents more than just anger at the election outcome: the disrespectful spirit of the day represents a real threat to their power going forward. This is one reason for the paranoia of Democrats at the moment, and they worry that more such protests are not only possible but likely. Part of the reason there is such fury on the left to run Trump out of office right away is that DC is genuinely afraid of him and his followers. Machiavelli might approve. Hence the calls to deploy national guard units in DC in large numbers for Inauguration next week.

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  17. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Old Bathos: was a challenge for many of my co-workers to get to the office today. The DC Metropolitan Police have cordoned off more streets and created a much wider security zone than they did for the Antifa/BLM rioting. And this will be in effect until at least Inauguration Day on the 21st. Apparently, the MAGA hordes are deemed to be a far greater threat than invariably violent leftist “demonstrators.” This operant risk assessment seems way out of proportion (the Capitol Hill fiasco notwithstanding) but our rulers see things differently.

    Steven Hayward reports the same fear and attributes it to shock that a large group of citizens act like political masters, not servants of the Deep State.

    I had a conversation over the weekend with a senior career lawyer (who is a Trump supporter) with a federal agency who passed along some interesting information. He said career federal officials in Washington he spoke with on Thursday and Friday are seriously rattled by last Wednesday’s events. Among other things, the fact that apparently some Capitol Police were friendly with the protestors who entered the building have federal bureaucrats wondering whether they can fully trust their own security personnel. Will the feds start trying to screen security personnel by ideology? Oh, that’d be just great. Pretty sure there are a bunch of German names for a fully politicized police force, but I forget what they are right now.

    Beyond the security question, this person told me the mob action has been a psychological blow on the DC bureaucracy which didn’t think such an open expression of tangible disrespect for the government was possible. In other words, the capitol mob was a blow to their status, and Washingtonians believe the entire protest represents more than just anger at the election outcome: the disrespectful spirit of the day represents a real threat to their power going forward. This is one reason for the paranoia of Democrats at the moment, and they worry that more such protests are not only possible but likely. Part of the reason there is such fury on the left to run Trump out of office right away is that DC is genuinely afraid of him and his followers. Machiavelli might approve. Hence the calls to deploy national guard units in DC in large numbers for Inauguration next week.

    Thus, the visceral reaction to Josh Hawley’s bill that would have moved some Federal agencies out of Washington, D.C. Any moves to dilute the center of power will be met with screams of indignation.

     

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  18. cdor Member
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    CACrabtree (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Old Bathos: was a challenge for many of my co-workers to get to the office today. The DC Metropolitan Police have cordoned off more streets and created a much wider security zone than they did for the Antifa/BLM rioting. And this will be in effect until at least Inauguration Day on the 21st. Apparently, the MAGA hordes are deemed to be a far greater threat than invariably violent leftist “demonstrators.” This operant risk assessment seems way out of proportion (the Capitol Hill fiasco notwithstanding) but our rulers see things differently.

    Steven Hayward reports the same fear and attributes it to shock that a large group of citizens act like political masters, not servants of the Deep State.

    I had a conversation over the weekend with a senior career lawyer (who is a Trump supporter) with a federal agency who passed along some interesting information. He said career federal officials in Washington he spoke with on Thursday and Friday are seriously rattled by last Wednesday’s events. Among other things, the fact that apparently some Capitol Police were friendly with the protestors who entered the building have federal bureaucrats wondering whether they can fully trust their own security personnel. Will the feds start trying to screen security personnel by ideology? Oh, that’d be just great. Pretty sure there are a bunch of German names for a fully politicized police force, but I forget what they are right now.

    Beyond the security question, this person told me the mob action has been a psychological blow on the DC bureaucracy which didn’t think such an open expression of tangible disrespect for the government was possible. In other words, the capitol mob was a blow to their status, and Washingtonians believe the entire protest represents more than just anger at the election outcome: the disrespectful spirit of the day represents a real threat to their power going forward. This is one reason for the paranoia of Democrats at the moment, and they worry that more such protests are not only possible but likely. Part of the reason there is such fury on the left to run Trump out of office right away is that DC is genuinely afraid of him and his followers. Machiavelli might approve. Hence the calls to deploy national guard units in DC in large numbers for Inauguration next week.

    Thus, the visceral reaction to Josh Hawley’s bill that would have moved some Federal agencies out of Washington, D.C. Any moves to dilute the center of power will be met with screams of indignation.

     

    Josh Hawley did that?! I’ve been promoting decentralization of the Federal government for years. With today’s technology there is no need to have every department of the Federal government in one city. They should be spread throughout the country. Make the Federal government look like all of America. Josh Hawley is my Senator. I love that man more and more everyday.

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  19. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Yes, it was the HIRE (Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy) Act. It was introduced in the Senate on 23 October 2019 by Hawley and Marsha Blackburn. (I posted about it on January 8 of last year).

    Naturally, it went nowhere because the U.S. Congress is deathly afraid of its own employees.

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  20. Dbroussa Coolidge

    CACrabtree (View Comment):

    Yes, it was the HIRE (Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy) Act. It was introduced in the Senate on 23 October 2019 by Hawley and Marsha Blackburn. (I posted about it on January 8 of last year).

    Naturally, it went nowhere because the U.S. Congress is deathly afraid of its own employees.

    As opposed to the people that they are supposed to represent…that is cowardice.

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  21. Charlotte Member
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    @oldbathos, you are such a good writer. 

    It’s kind of infuriating.

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  22. The Reticulator Member

    Old Bathos: Not so very long ago, the stunningly asinine statements by the now-fired PBS lawyer about Nazis and re-education camps for the children of MAGA hordes

    He was fired? I hadn’t heard. I’m glad. Now let’s finish the job and defund public broadcasting.

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    • January 16, 2021, at 4:03 PM PST
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