STOP Framing "us"

How a select few of "them" are Framing all of "us"

Framing 101: Making Sense of Sweeney’s Decision to wage war on Parents in NJ!

What is framing anyway? In a nutshell, framing involves purposely crafted language that ‘they’ use against us!  Who are ‘they’? Great question… ‘They’ represent the people in positions of power, such as big pharmaceutical corporations like Merck, (#Big Pharma) who Make Money when we believe what ‘they’ want us to believe.  At the present moment, ‘they’ are using fear to sell Merck’s Measles vaccine, as ‘they’ make it appear as if we should be scared of “catching the measles” This false narrative is being repeated endlessly on the corporately controlled media! This is what many refer to as “fake” news. In reality, as Robert Kennedy Jr. described in Trenton, NJ vitamin A and chicken noodle soup is all that is required if one gets the measles. But, there is no money to be made for ‘them’ if we buy chicken noodle soup.  After all, ‘they’ make vaccines, NOT canned soup!

So, in order to generate enormous profits for themselves, ‘they’ hire unethical pollsters to conduct focus groups to discover what language ‘works’ to convince us of a false narrative.  How do they actually get it done? They either successfully frame, or buy off politicians in order to pass laws that take away our rights and freedoms! This is what I have been referring to on twitter as those in power exerting corporate control over our politicians. This is clear in states like CA and NY, where ‘they’ have already had success framing the issue and convincing or buying off politicians in order to introduce bills that were actually written by ALEC.  

So far, we are winning in NJ with the defeat of the previous Senate bill S2173, but Senator Sweeney is determined to ignore the real ‘science and facts’, and help push another version of S2173, which is now A969.  Make no Mistake, this bill will guarantee Merk Makes More Money by Mandating we ALL get their MMR vaccine! Soon ‘they’ will likley try to force us ALL to inject our teenagers with Gardasil.  A lesson to be learned here is that we need to expose Senator Sweeney for his Merck connections.  This is what deterred Governor Rick Perry from forcing Gardasil on Texans in the past.  

This bill A969 strips away the religious freedoms and our parental right to choose what is best for our children.  Parents are the one’s responsible for caring for and protecting their children, NOT the state, or federal government.  Don’t fall for the framing that scares you into vaccinating your child with a Merck Money Maker vaccine, or framing that gives you the impression that ‘they’ are trying to protect you. ‘They’ are trying to protect the profits of Merck’s Money Making vaccines!  ‘They’ don’t care about you!!

The issue of framing boils down to a person, group or big corporation like Merck, who knowingly and willingly attempts to frame the issue in order to convince you to believe the exact opposite of what is really going on.  Interestingly, one favorite tactic used by people in positions of power is to literally frame the opposition for actions ‘they’ are guilty of committing.  This is when you know we are being successful, and here is where Senate President Sweeney comes in.

Senator Sweeney recently stated publicly that he is willing to go to war with the residents of NJ over the issue of forced mandatory vaccinations that are not proven to be safe or effective.  He then had the audacity to literally frame parents who are simply trying to protect their children as the one’s who declared war on him.  Does this even make sense? No, but facts don’t matter when frames are used.  Let’s listen to what else this Senator had to say about us.  He said…

  • They don’t want to listen
  • They don’t want to hear facts
  • They don’t want to hear anything
  • They don’t want the truth to come out

Notice how he mentions the word ‘they’.  This is the exact opposite of reality, or what I call the framed version of reality.  He is trying to literally frame parents for his actions and the actions of those he really works for (i.e., Merck).  You can’t make this stuff up… In reality we ALL know who ‘they’ actually are!!

He didn’t stop there though.  Notice how Senator Sweeney made a point to mention how we (parents) are the one’s who are “well organized” and “we are going to point out who is funding them” Exactly!  WE (the parents) ARE pointing out on social media who is funding YOUR efforts to push Merck Money Makers.  Merck! That’s who!!

Don’t you realize Senator Sweeney that WE THE PEOPLE can SEE that you are already bought and paid for by BIG PHARMA!!

But WAIT…There’s More!

Senator Sweeney said that ‘we the people’ fighting for our rights and seeking to protect our family are talking about chemicals in vaccinations that don’t exist anymore.  This too is the opposite of reality.  New, or so called ‘better’ vaccines contain dangerous neurotoxins and adjuvants that not only cause Gulf War Illness, but are causing a chronic disease epidemic according to Robert Kennedy Jr., who spoke about this.  He also exposed Merck during his speech in Trenton, NJ during what one lawmaker describes as being “one of the largest, longest, and loudest protests in Statehouse history”  But no one watching the corporately controlled media would know this if it weren’t for people going on social media and sharing this information.  This is why Senator Sweeney also made a comment about going on social media.  He knows the truth is getting out! He’s getting desperate.

Here’s my offer to you Senator Sweeney.  Get in touch with Amanda, or Judy Persichilli.  They both have my contact information.  Sit down with me to discuss the peer reviewed scientific information I sent them both.  Judy wasn’t aware of the science I shared with her.  I’m confident you are not either.  This is your chance to prove that you are not the one who doesn’t want to listen, who doesn’t want to hear the facts, who doesn’t want the truth to come out.  I am officially asking you on social media to meet with me.  Do you accept?

 

 

 

 

More emails: How Governor Murphy & staff failed to honor promises that were made!

This is an update to my story.  This follow up email was sent to Judy on 1/3/2020.
Hi Judy,
I hope you enjoyed the holiday.   Did you have a chance to read the information I sent?  Please let me know as soon as possible what your stance is after reading this information.  Also, I’m not sure why Donna never sent the information you promised to send me.  I copied you in on a previous email response I sent to her.  I’m asking you again, can you please send me the peer reviewed scientific information that you have read that was used to inform the opinion you have on the role adjuvants play in inducing autoimmunity.  As I mentioned during our conversation on the phone that you may be reading information that is sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry, in which case, this information is certainly biased.
I’m confident that once you read the information I sent, you and the Governor will have a more informed stance on this issue.  I look forward to hearing back from you.
Please note that in addition to being about science supporting the claims I am asserting, S2173 is about our right to be able to question the safety and efficacy of the vaccinations we will be forced to inject our children with, our right to a medical exemption if and when it is clear that our children’s lives may be at risk, our right to morally object to the ingredients in the vaccine, as well as our religious rights being violated.  No state or Government should have the power to decide these issues for us, nor should any state or Government be able to decide or dictate what our religious beliefs are.
I also sent a follow up email to Governor Murphy as well, since it was becoming clear to me that Judy Persichilli (Commissioner of Health) was failing to honor her commitments and the promises she made to me.  So, just in case, I decided to reach out to the Governor, via email. This email was also sent on 1/3/2020.
Hi Governor Murphy,
I hope you enjoyed the holiday.  I wanted to see if you had a chance to read the information I sent Judy Persichilli.  When I spoke to her on the phone two weeks ago, she mentioned that she had never heard of the ASIA syndrome. This was a big surprise to me, since this is peer reviewed scientific information that needs to be considered when making an informed decision on this issue.  I strongly encourage you to read this information.  In fact, I would like to request an in-person meeting, if possible to further discuss this issue.
During our phone conversation, Judy promised that she would take a look at the information that I sent her, and she agreed to send me the information she was able to read on this topic.  She delegated this responsibility to Donna, a member of her staff, who I have been in correspondence with as well.  However, Donna never sent the information as promised, and I replied to the email she sent me asking her if she would please send this information to me. (I also copied Judy in on this email)
I still haven’t heard a response from either Judy or Donna regarding this request.
At this point, I am still waiting for Judy to get back to me.  In fact, I just sent a reminder email today.  I also asked Judy if she would do me a favor and reach out to you asking if you would please call me back.  The website portal for inquires to speak with you is not working.  For this reason, I also called your office and left a message with Gabrielle asking if you would call me back.
It is very important that you read the information I sent Judy.  You mentioned during our phone call on the air that you would be interested in this information and that you will consider information on all sides of this issue.  With this promise being made, can you please let me know what your thoughts are after reading this information.  The reason why this is so critical, is because there is bill sitting on your desk that you have the power to veto. This bill is S1003, I believe.   The flu shots contain the dangerous ingredient squalene that causes Gulf War Illness.
I am confident that once you read the information I sent Judy, you will not only decide to veto S1003, but also veto S2173 if it happens to pass and reach your desk.   No one should be forced to take this!
I look forward to hearing back from you.
P.S. This issue is not about “passion” for me Governor Murphy.  This issue is about the safety and health of my children!
This issue is about protecting our religious freedoms!  This issue is about being able to express concerns about the safety and efficacy of vaccines that contain dangerous adjuvants that will cause autoimmunity.  If you are truly concerned with public health and the safety and well-being of the lives of NJ residents, then the very least you could do is meet with me to discuss this issue further.
The question is…
What will the Governor do with this information?  Will he call me back? Will he veto this legislation if passed?  There is still time for you to do the right thing here Governor Murphy.    

My testimony on #S2173: What does ‘protecting our troops’ and ‘keeping us safe’ really mean?

The most important question we must ask ourselves is the following. Are the vaccines that we are being asked, or rather forced to administer to our children, if this law passes, safe and effective?

I suspect that everyone else here today who opposes this law is here for the same reason. No parent wants to give their child anything that is unsafe, particularly a vaccine that may have the unintended consequences of resulting in a debilitating illness, which would certainly be devastating to both the child and his or her family members.

Many of you on this committee may respect those in positions of authority in the medical community and believe in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines that are recommended. However, what you may not be aware of is the fact the Department of Defense (DOD) went to great lengths to hide scientific evidence that led one of the military doctors to not only refuse to inject himself with the anthrax vaccine but he refused to administer the vaccine to our troops on the basis of medical scientific fact. What makes this story compelling and highly relevant to this hearing is that the U.S. military punished this officer by a court martial, and the judge overseeing his court martial precluded him from presenting any evidence to the jury about the medical scientific facts regarding the safety and efficacy concerns of the anthrax vaccine. So, when I read the language in section 3 (b) it is very disheartening to say the least. In fact, this makes me question who actually wrote this section of the bill, especially given what I know about the anthrax vaccination.

In 1997 the decision was made by the Department of Defense (DOD) to inoculate all 2.5 million soldiers with the anthrax vaccination in the name of “protecting our troops”. It is important to point out that a few weeks prior to the announcement of this decision Secretary of Defense William Cohen held up what appeared to be a 5 pound bag of sugar on national television warning us that if this bag were to contain anthrax, it could kill half of the people in Washington. Scaring us into action seems to be the way things get done in Washington, DC, since fear is certainly a powerful motivator. A similar tactic is being used right now by authority figures in positions of power to scare people into thinking that unvaccinated people are to blame for recent “outbreaks” of the measles, for instance. The solution that the two Democratic sponsors of this bill have come up with is to follow the advice of some unknown authority figure on health that claim it is imperative that we are all vaccinated in order to, “keep us safe.”

If the goal really is to, “keep us safe”, then why are we not debating the safety and efficacy of the vaccines the authority figures are recommending we administer to our children? Instead, what we are debating is whether or not to force residents of the state of NJ to vaccinate their children without their informed consent, without the ability to express any moral objection, philosophical objection, political objection, or even raise the possibility of objecting to the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. This is absurd in my opinion.

This brings me to the reason why I am here, which is tell members of this committee what has happened to our military soldiers and veterans in the name of “protecting our troops” by mandating that we receive the anthrax vaccination. This is very similar to “keeping us safe” by mandating that we are all vaccinated in the state of NJ.

Let’s take a closer look at the anthrax vaccination program.

The first sentence of an article entitled, The Anthrax vaccine program: An analysis of the CDC’s recommendations for vaccine use written by Dr. Meryl Nass states that the anthrax vaccine was never proven to be safe or effective. This is a very powerful statement. She goes on to discuss how the anthrax vaccine is an actual cause of Gulf war illness. This is the same conclusion that I reached after years of wondering and researching what was happening to my health, as I began to experience many of the debilitating symptoms characterized by what has become known as Gulf War Illness. These symptoms include chronic fatigue, headaches, joint pain and stiffness, muscle pain and weakness, unrefreshing sleep, difficulty concentrating and remembering, and brain fog.

What are the scientific facts surrounding the safety and efficacy of the anthrax vaccine?

The most shocking is that Gulf war illness is not some mysterious syndrome that no one knows how it came about, but rather an illness caused by an oil based adjuvant called squalene that was added to the anthrax vaccine without anyone’s awareness. This scientific fact was discovered by a world renowned virologist Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University.

Why is this important? Because “according to the GAO (General Accounting Office) scientists have expressed safety concerns regarding the use of novel adjuvant formulations in vaccines, including squalene.” What’s even more important, and also very relevant to this hearing is that a key authority figure in the medical profession working at the DOD, Peter Collis, who was in charge of vaccination efforts refused to cooperate with the GAO’S investigation into the conduct of the DOD with regards to the possibility that squalene was added to the anthrax vaccine. The GAO stated that the DOD was “stonewalling” and repeatedly denied extensive squalene testing only to finally admit it after being confronted with the evidence.

After a three year long investigation it was revealed that squalene was, in fact added to the anthrax vaccine. The GAO characterized the actions of the DOD officials as “a pattern of deception”, and that DOD officials expressed a “willingness to jump out and use everything” when discussing experimental vaccines that contained adjuvants that were not approved by the FDA. This report was initiated by Congressman Jack Metcalf in the year 2000. The report concluded that the anthrax vaccination program be halted. More importantly, “it further states that an aggressive investigation must be undertaken to determine the source of the squalene, and the potential health consequences to those who have been vaccinated, both during and after the Gulf War”.

Although these recommendations may sound like good news. This advice was not taken, and no aggressive investigation or actions were taken either. How do I know this? Because the corporation behind the anthrax vaccination, Emergent biosolutions, who literally took over the state of Michigan’s Public Health Service in a sealed auction courtesy of the corrupt Governor of the state of Michigan at the time, proceeded to extract over $1 billion dollars in pure profit as he defrauded our federal government, wasted taxpayer money, and most importantly betrayed countless men and women in uniform, many of whom now suffer as I do from this debilitating Gulf war illness. To make matters worse, Emergent biosolutions continues to make vaccines!

I sincerely hope that the sponsors of this bill are not relying upon this company for any of the vaccines that our children will be forced to receive if this bill passes. In fact, I believe that the people residing in the state of NJ have a right to know who is behind the language of this bill. What medical authorities are being relied upon, and which specific companies are supplying the vaccines that we may be required to force our children to take. The reason this is important is because scientists have recently discovered that the adjuvants being added to vaccines are actually causing numerous autoimmune conditions.

In fact, a new syndrome referred to as ASIA, which stands for autoimmune inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) details how the adjuvant squalene is implicated in Gulf War illness, as Dr. Garry’s research already confirmed, aluminum hydroxide (Alum) is implicated in post vaccination phenomena associated with rheumatic diseases that include vasculitis, systemic lupus, inflammatory myopathy (IM) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as neurological syndromes such as multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis (TM) and others, and silicone with siliconosis associated with systemic sclerosis. All of these conditions are a result of the adjuvants being added to the vaccines.

The main question then, becomes, how can we trust the manufacturers of vaccines like the CEO of Emergent biosolutions? Especially when considering the fact that an unprecedented 13 congressional hearings exploring the issues of the safety and efficacy of the anthrax vaccine culminated in the decision to halt the mandatory program due to blatant abuses of power, and yet this CEO continued to reap enormous contracts with the federal government during and even years after the recommendation was made to halt the program, as investigators were encouraged to find the source of the squalene.

What happened with the anthrax vaccination in the military sounds strikingly similar to what is taking place here today in the state of NJ. We are being scared and forced into submission. The fact that we are not allowed to object to the safety and efficacy of the vaccines we will be forced to give our children is literally outrageous! It is important for me to share that the fact that I asked for this information prior to receiving the anthrax vaccination. I was assured that it was safe and effective. I trusted the doctor, who was in a position of authority. The unfortunate consequence of this trust is that I must now suffer for the rest of my life. If this vaccine was optional I certainly would not have taken it due to the some of the same objections that Section 3 of this bill seeks to take away from us.

The sad, but ugly truth is that we cannot be confident that the people in positions of power in the medical community, or CEO’s that manufacture these vaccines have our best interests in mind. What we can be certain about is that there is rampant corruption taking place in our government that also appears to apply to vaccinations as the anthrax story can attest. The adjuvant squalene which we now know is causing Gulf war illness was never approved by the FDA for use in the anthrax vaccine, but yet it was somehow extensively studied and mysteriously found its way into the anthrax vaccine without anyone becoming the wiser. So, how can we be certain that other novel adjuvants like squalene will not find their way into the vaccines we will be forced to give to our children if this law passes. The short answer is that we can’t. The more disturbing answer is that this may already be happening without our awareness in other vaccines, which only increases the risk to families throughout the state of NJ.

Thank you for this opportunity to express my concerns, and I sincerely hope that the people of this committee can make the right choice by allowing families to make their own choices when it comes to the health and safety of their family members, which I have no doubt is the most important choices they will ever make.

 

My Story: A disabled vet speaks out about #S2173 in NJ. How I was treated by the Governor and his staff!

As many of you who follow this story may know by now, I am the disabled veteran, who called in and spoke to the Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy live on the AskGovMurphy show on December 19th, 2019.  Click on the link to listen to our conversation.  Just in case the link is broken, or gets removed, I typed the conversation below.  Please note, the first question on this issue can be found approximately 10 minutes into the show.  My question came on around minute 21.  This will save you all some time, since the clip is 56 minutes long.

Me: “My specific question is also with regards to Senate Bill S2173.  I do understand your position is based on science and fact, which is precisely why I am calling because I actually have scientific information that I would like you to consider.  So, when I hear that there is no science or facts on the side of opposition to vaccinations that’s just simply not true.  I happen to be a disabled veteran suffering from Gulf War Illness that was due to the anthrax vaccination that contains an oil based adjuvant called squalene.  Adjuvants themselves have been linked to something called autoimmune inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA), and this is responsible for a lot of autoimmune diseases. I myself, like I said am a disabled veteran because of this, and I think this is definitely pertinent, relevant information that is published in scientific peer reviewed journals, and I would implore you to at least be willing to listen to.  I‘m actually in the process of sending this to Senator Sweeney’s office, and I would love to send them to you as well.”

Governor Murhpy: “Okay, Joe, listen, very fair.  First of all before I talk about your specific offer, thank you for your service to our country. God Bless you for that.  Separately, we take input from all sides on every issue including this one. So, we are more than happy to connect with you, in fact, our whole cabinet as usual is listening tonight, and I would love to ask our Commissioner of the Department of Health Judy Persichilli, or one of her designees to reach out to you. We will try to get back to you by tomorrow and try to get that information from you.  Again, thank you for your service and thank you for offering to give us the information.” 

The question is did this happen?  Were they “more than happy to connect with me”?

Sadly, NO!  I had to call the Governor’s office myself 4 days later on December 23, 2019, to find out why I haven’t received a phone call from Judy Persichilli, as promised by the Governor.  To their credit, she did call me back later that same day.  Judy and I spoke at great length on the phone that day.

What was most surprising to me during our conversation is that she admitted to me that she was not aware of the ASIA syndrome research I mentioned.  This should be utterly shocking to every parent in this state.  This is supposed to be the Commission of Health, who is tasked with public health safety.  How can she not be familiar with this research?

I proceeded to tell her my story, and the connection that exists between dangerous adjuvants like squalene and other autoimmune conditions caused by adjuvants, such as aluminum.  Her response to this was to claim that information she read on this briefly prior to our call did not convince her of this connection.  I then asked her which specific peer reviewed scientific information she was referring to, and that it is very important that she is not reading information provided by, or funded by the pharmaceutical industry.  She agreed to send me the information that informed her opinion, which I was happy to hear.  When I asked her if she could send me this information.  Her response was, “I don’t do that. I have people that do that for me”

So, did she send me this information?  Sadly, NO! Take a look at the email I sent Judy Persichilli after our phone conversation. I also asked her if she could pass along a message to the Governor for me asking if he would please call me back. This never happened either, since I am still waiting for that phone call…

Please note, Judy delegated the responsibility of sending me the peer reviewed science that informed her opinion to her Communications director, Donna, who I mention in the email below.

Hi Judy,

It was nice speaking with you earlier today.  I was certainly glad to hear that you were not familiar with the Autoimmune inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) that I discussed on the air with Governor Murphy.

This makes the peer reviewed scientific information that I have even more urgent!

The discovery of this research is what motivated me to call the AskGovMurphy show, and why it is imperative that this information is well read, understood and considered prior to a vote being casted on S2173.

I forgot to mention that I attempted to alert WHYY of this issue this morning when they were discussing concerns over the potential passage of S2173.  To my surprise, I was informed that I would NOT be put on the air, and instead was simply thanked for tuning in.  This issue needs to be treated with a greater sense of urgency, instead of brushed aside and ignored.

This is also why I also asked you if it would be possible to speak with the governor on this issue directly, especially considering that all signs indicate that Senator Sweeney is determined to re-introduce Senate bill 2173 in January.  If this happens, and S2173 passes, then the Governor will be the only person who can stop what will certainly amount to a true cause for concern regarding public health for many residents in the state of New Jersey in the near future.  With this being said, it is imperative that he also read this information prior to making a decision if this bill happens to proceed further.

I look forward to reading the articles that you were able to research on the ASIA syndrome that you mentioned reading prior to our conversation. I spoke with Donna, who informed me that she will try to get these articles to me by today.  Thank you for this.  However, it is now 5:36 and I have not received them as of yet.

It is also important to point, as I mentioned during our conversation that there are plenty of other articles in addition to the articles that I suspect you may have read that shed an enormous light on the role adjuvants play in autoimmune illnesses.

Below is the email I sent to Amanda with some of the information pertaining to ASIA syndrome.  Amanda informed me that she would disseminate this research to the members of the health committee, as well as Senator Sweeney himself.

Thanks again for your time today!

I really appreciate it. Please let me know how well this information is received, and when I can expect to speak with the Governor.

Below is the message I forwarded to Judy Persichilli from Sweeney’s aid, Amanda.  Note, Amanda did actually reach out to me, which was actually surprising to me, as I mentioned to her on the phone.  We also spoke at great length, and she seemed to be familiar with research, so I sent her 14 peer reviewed articles that were part of this attachment.  She assured me that this information would be given to Senator Sweeney and the members of the health committee.

Hi Amanda,

It was a pleasure speaking with you earlier.  (Please see the attached documents as per our conversation).  As I mentioned, my illness led me to discover peer reviewed evidence suggesting the anthrax vaccination causes Gulf War Illness (GWI).   Specifically, the oil-based adjuvant squalene that the anthrax vaccine contained.  This stunning realization then led me to further research if any other vaccines may cause autoimmune illnesses similar to GWI.  Unfortunately, this turns out to be the case, as can be seen in the evidence attached.  For me this issue is not about “passion”, it’s about the safety and health of my children.

Thanks again for contacting me.  I really appreciate it!

Please let me know how well this information is received.

So, what happened? Did I hear back from Amanda? Did I hear back from Donna? Did I hear back from the Governor?  I’m guessing you probably know the answer to that already.

Sadly NO! I sent plenty of emails, but haven’t hear back from anyone!

WHY NOT?  Why are the people in power in NJ breaking promises made live on the air, on the phone, and in email to a disabled veteran who was vaccine injured!!

This gives new meaning to the frame ‘science and facts’ We give them the science and they ignore the facts! 

P.S. I’m hoping that if enough people bring this to the attention of the Governor, Judy Persichilli, Donna, Senator Sweeney, Senator Joseph Vitale, Senator Loretta Weinberg (the sponsors of the bill) and members of the Health Committee that I may just get the response I have been promised.

 

 

 

Scott Winship and Paul Ryan know better than you! Their “solution” to poverty…Voucherize it!

In order to change the growing awareness among the general population that the GOP is too extreme and doesn’t care about people, Paul Ryan is attempting to alter this perception and enhance the GOP’s image by pretending to “solve” the issue of poverty.  Naturally, his first step is to seek the assistance from right-wing think tanks.  In this case, Paul Ryan is recruiting the assistance of Scott Winship, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, who focuses on issues of income inequality and economic mobility.

In a recent interview, Scott Winship was asked how concerned he was with the disparity between the top 1% and everyone else.  Although he acknowledged that income inequality is real, he stated, “the evidence does not make me nervous that it’s a problem.”  He went on to say, “if you look at inequality between 1950 and today, it’s been not nearly so severe as between 1980 and today.”  This is correct, but he failed to explain why income inequality has been so severe since 1980.  In order to gain an accurate understanding of why income inequality (or lack of equality of opportunity) is a problem, it is essential to compare each of these time periods rather than lump them together in an attempt to distract people from realizing the truth.

There is a stark difference in how income gains in this country were distributed between those at the top and everyone else during these two time periods, which clearly impacted one’s ability to climb the economic ladder (ie., economic mobility).  As indicated in this interactive graph from the Economic Policy Institute, from 1950 to 1980 the bottom 90% of workers collectively shared two thirds of all income gains, while the top 10% took in the remaining third.  What about the period from 1980 to 2008?  As it turns out, the bottom 90% collectively shared only 2%, while the super rich, or top 1% took in two-thirds of all income gains!  This is the same percentage the bottom 90% previously shared when equality of opportunity was alive and well.

With so little income being available to the vast majority of workers in this country since 1980, no wonder the American dream is dead.  The rungs on the ladder of economic mobility have been deliberately broken over time to the point that most of the rungs are now completely missing!  Scott Winship even acknowledges as much by citing a statistic showing that if you happen to be born in the bottom fifth, there’s a 40% chance you will end up there as an adult, and only a 13% chance you can make it to the top two fifths.  Despite this admission, however, he stated, “contrary to what the left says, the evidence doesn’t clearly indicate that mobility has declined over time.”  Of course it has, especially since there is only a 5% chance this same poor person can make it to the top fifth.

Perhaps the reason he is in such denial has to do with the stated mission of his employer, rather than dealing with the reality of the devastating effects income inequality has on the vast majority of Americans.  The Manhattan Institute is a tax exempt, right-wing think tank with the stated mission of developing and disseminating ideas that enhance “economic choice” and “individual responsibility”.

These two “frames” conveniently allow Scott Winship, Paul Ryan, and other conservative politicians to focus their attention and our tax dollars on blaming the victim, and hence search for solutions that address this framed version of reality.  For instance, during the interview, Scott Winship was asked, “what policy ideas have you been considering with Paul Ryan?  His response was, “it’s really easy to reduce poverty if you just give cash to people but obviously, that causes people to work less.  It causes them to behave irresponsibly.”  That’s funny, because this is precisely what has happened in the opposite direction since Ronald Reagan took office in 1980 (e.g., welfare for the rich).

Scott Winship made it a point to mention that it’s necessary to raise taxes on the middle class in order to address poverty in this country, since he claims, “you can’t do what the left wants to do and continue to think that tax increases on the rich are going to get you there.” But, this is exactly how we got there in the past, as echoed by President Obama in a speech he gave recently, and is key to how we get there in the future.  It starts with reversing the devastating trend that has taken place since 1980, which involves giving cash to the super-rich (ie, tax cuts) at the expense of everyone else.  It’s important to point out that the main difference between the two periods mentioned earlier involves the tax rate on the top 1%.  In 1980, huge tax cuts were put in place by Ronald Reagan, dropping the tax rate on the top 1% from 70% to 28%, while doubling the tax rate on the vast majority of workers in order to pay for it.  This transfer of wealth has continued to the present day, such that in 2010, 93% of all income gains went to the top 1%.  This is truly startling and explains why the U.S. is no longer a country with equality of opportunity (ie., economic mobility), and instead is quickly becoming a third world country with escalating poverty rates, and accompanying social-ills.

What is Scott Winship’s advice to the GOP for resolving such issues?  Instead of increasing aid to those in desperate need as a result of this transfer of wealth, Scott Winship is embracing the Paul Ryan plan to drastically cut aid to the poor, voucherize medicare, cut social security benefits, increase the retirement age to 70, as well as cutting benefits to surviving spouses, and disabled children and veterans.  This key Scott Winship said, will be coming up with incentives “that are consistent with conservative values about personal responsibility and smaller government”.   Therefore, when viewed through the lens of these “frames”, it is impossible to see how immoral one’s actions have become.  Since Paul Ryan and Scott Winship are clearly operating under these frames, they are stuck trying to convince us that poor people are “irresponsible” and somehow to blame for their own poverty, rather than ‘seeing’ the reality that only 2% of income gains were available to share among 90% of the working population.  Unfortunately, this math makes it impossible for the average worker to make it to the top regardless of how hard one is willing to work, especially if they are born into poverty.

Rather than focusing their attention on increasing equality of opportunity for all, Scott Winship and Paul Ryan believe that providing people in desperate need with vouchers will not only magically “solve” our poverty epidemic, but it will make parents take “personal responsibility” by allowing them the “economic choice” of spending a limited sum (ie., voucher) that will run out in place of guaranteed assistance.  So, rather than rely on existing anti-poverty measures that are proven to be effective at reducing poverty, and leveling the playing field with progressive tax policies that will surely increase one’s chances of achieving the American dream, the GOP plan is to provide poor people with vouchers, since this approach fits the “frames” of the Manhattan Institute, and the GOP’s immoral approach to governing.

It’s Time We Embrace An “Economy for Everyone”

Growing our economy has become a key focal point in political discussions in recent years, and has important public policy implications moving forward.  In the name of “economic growth” and the pursuit of “pro-growth” policies, we have implemented a series of austerity measures that have been devastating to the public at large, while protecting and further enriching the wealthy class in America.

The term “economic growth” is a frame designed to convince us that we all benefit when our economy grows, and that the best way to do this is to give wealthy people more tax breaks, or “tax relief”, which is another frame.  In other words, we are all expected to pay more in taxes, so the wealthy class can pay less!  A recent study by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) does a great job at exposing both right wing frames.

The CRS study specifically analyzed 65 years worth of data between top tax rates and economic growth.  Although the top tax rates wealthy people pay have never been lower during this time period, the study found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth.  Another fascinating discovery was that a correlation was found between reducing the top tax rates and increased concentrations of wealth for this privileged class.  In other words, voting for “tax relief” in the past has led to a transfer of wealth over the past 65 years from millions of hard working Americans to a few affluent families.  It’s clear from these findings that providing “tax relief” in the name of pursuing “economic growth” is actually harming our economy by unnecessarily privileging the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

Another interesting element of the “economic growth” frame involves the belief that with hard work anyone can become successful and achieve the American dream.  This is also known as social mobility, or equality of opportunity.  Unfortunately, America is no longer the land of opportunity it once was, and many people are coming to the realization that the American dream is now a myth.  Joseph Stiglitz, an award winning economist, wrote an article on this very issue recently called, “Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth

where he discusses how the U.S. has less equality of opportunity than nearly every other industrial country.  After pointing out that children of affluent families are inclined to experience better health care, education, and nutrition, Stiglitz noted, “in some cases it seems as if policy has actually been designed to reduce opportunity…”, particularly with respect to education.

This is what a focus on “pro-growth” policies has gotten us.  A lopsided economy where a few affluent families are able to send their kids to the best schools, receive the best health care, and live in enriching and non polluted environments, while the rest of us deal with the aftermath of austerity measures aimed at cutting funding for our children’s schools, losing our health care, and not having equal access to enriching environments.  The repetition of this frame by the modern day Republican Party, Fox news affiliates, and pundits on the right is used to gain public support for policies that prevent and outright reduce equality of opportunity for the majority of people, while convincing us to believe in the myth of the American dream.  This is what “pro-growth” policies mean.  They are intentionally designed to benefit the privileged at the expense of everyone else.

It appears as if some on the left have also started to adopt the economic growth frame.  In an effort to combat the utter failures of trickle-down economics and correct the deficiencies it has brought about, they too have adopted similar language arguing in favor of “middle-out” economics.  Unfortunately, being in favor of middle-out economics is still advocating for “economic growth”, and will continue to ensure we adopt more of the same “pro-growth” policies that are causing many of our social and economic problems.  Instead, we need to embrace an “Economy for Everyone”.

In their book The Spirit Level, epidemiologists’ Wilkinson and Pickett, brilliantly illustrate how we are currently experiencing material success, but social failure in the U.S.  This is largely a result of reaching the limits of what economic growth can provide to wealthy countries, as well as the undeniable contribution of inequality of income that exists within the U.S.  In fact, according to the authors, “economic growth, for so long the great engine of progress, has in the rich countries, largely finished its work.”  Today, we are witnessing an overall decrease in health, happiness, and wellbeing of millions of American families, among many other social ills as a result of one single factor; the difference in income levels between the have and have nots.  Such a discrepancy between material success and social failure suggests that, “if we are to gain further improvements in the real quality of life, we need to shift attention from material standards and economic growth to ways of improving the psychological and social wellbeing of whole societies.”

In order to successfully increase the overall health, happiness and well being for all American families, we need to advocate for and spread the message of an “Economy for Everyone”.  An economy that works for everyone takes all of our needs into consideration, and reduces the level of inequality across income groups, which is the single largest contributor to our current economic and social failures.

In addition, the PEW research center recently found that 90% of Americans want the government to do everything it can to ensure equality of opportunity.  With equality of opportunity, we can overcome many of the hurdles that are artificially placed before us under the guise of “economic growth”, and once again ensure America’s standing in the world as the land of opportunity.  Therefore, spreading the message of an “Economy for Everyone” should be a no-brainer, and this language will hopefully replace any future discussion of “middle-out” economics.

The challenge facing the adoption of this new language comes from policy makers and political pundits, who (perhaps unknowingly) are keeping the “economic growth” frame alive.  Consequently, a focus on economic growth primarily benefits the affluent at the expense of everyone else, reduces equality of opportunity, and stands in the way to a achieving a happier and healthier society.

“We” make it, “they” take it! Extracting Wealth from American Workers

Productivity in the United States has steadily risen over the past 30 years, and the U.S. continues to be one of the wealthiest nations on earth.  Despite this reality, the vast majority of Americans are not being rewarded for their efforts, and many people are earning less than their parents!  The reason productivity is up is because Americans are working longer and harder than they have in recent memory.  Productivity is thriving, yet worker salaries are dying.

As it turns out, politicians in Washington have vigilantly pursued a set of economic and tax policies over the past 30 years reflecting the theory of trickle-down economics.  Simply put, this theory rests upon the assumption that perpetually lowering taxes on millionaires and billionaires, as well as borrowing money from future generations to give to the wealthiest members of our society will somehow trickle-down to the rest of us.  It’s safe to say that this theory has proven to be a complete and utter failure, and has led to the largest gap in wealth between those at the top (1%) and everyone else (99%) since the great depression.

The consequence of pursuing these policies has resulted in what can clearly be described as ‘wealth extraction’ from our economy.  The privileged class in the top 1% feels entitled to the wealth we all work hard to create, and they have used their power and influence to ensure legislation is passed that permit this to occur.  Evidence for this can be seen in 2010, when this group of wealthy elite claimed nearly all income gain in this country for themselves.  In 2010, the top 1% took in 93% of all income gain in this country.  Essentially, what this means is that America is stuck working harder than ever to create wealth for our nation that the top 1% extracts for their upper class members, while the rest of us struggle to survive on what little remains.

It wasn’t always this way, and more importantly it doesn’t have to be this way moving forward.  During the golden age of capitalism (1945-1975) all Americans in each income group were valued for the contributions they made, and were fairly compensated for their efforts.  Those at the bottom of the economic scale saw their incomes rise just as quickly as those at the top. For the first time in our nations history, millions of families could afford to buy a home, send their kids to college, purchase a new car, and lead relatively comfortable lives.  In short, the middle class was thriving.  During this time period, we all worked together to create wealth for our nation that was adequately shared among us, and fair and progressive tax policies were put in place that prevented the privileged class from extracting wealth from the rest of us.

This all changed when President Ronald Reagan took office.   Instead of embracing what was working for everyone, conservative politicians decided to replace the progressive tax code with tax policies favoring their wealthy elite donors.  As a result, rather than sharing in the wealth America worked together to create, those at the top decided to keep more of the money American workers generated for themselves.  In essence, the implementation of trickle-down economic policies allowed the privileged few to turn America into a we make it, they take it economy.  The wealth extraction underlying the divide between those at the very top and everyone else characterizing the conservative philosophy of we make and they take it has proven to work wonders for those at the top, but not so much for everyone else.

Since the wealth America creates is no longer being shared among us, and workers are no longer valued for their means of production, or paid thriving wages, poverty rates are steadily increasing, the middle class is eroding, more people are dependent upon food stamps and other government assistance to survive, and the most vulnerable populations among us are facing grave consequences each day we continue to adopt these failed and misguided policies.  The behavior of conservative politicians insisting our nation prioritize borrowing money from future generations to give to the super wealthy is not only immoral, but leads to catastrophic consequences for the vast majority of people in order to pave the way for what Vice Presidential hopeful, Paul Ryan calls a path to prosperity for the top 1%.

Why Good People do Bad Things: The Power of Names, Frames and Personality Factors

A recent article in the Business Insider, 27 psychological reasons good people do bad things, illustrates many of the common unethical behaviors experienced by people in our society.  Most people are familiar with the acceptance of small theft (#6) in the workplace, for instance, or the pressure to conform (#27) whenever attempting to ‘fit in’ to an existing peer group.  Others, such as obedience to authority (#12), foot in the door (#16), and the blinding effect of power (#13) tell a somewhat different story.  These psychological characteristics appear to stem from something other than minor unethical hiccups, and may have their root in personality factors, as discussed below.

Knowing these psychological tendencies exist may be useful fun facts to discuss at parties or other social gatherings, but they don’t tell us what we really want to know.  What about deliberate attempts to influence people to (unknowingly) act in an unethical manor, or take an immoral stance on an issue?  Does this happen? If so, who is more susceptible and why?  The power of names (#2) provides some initial insight into answering these questions.

2.  The power of names.  When bribery becomes “greasing the wheels” or accounting fraud becomes “financial engineering,” unethical behavior can seem less bad. The use of nicknames and euphemisms for questionable practices can free them of their moral connotations, making
them seem more acceptable
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The power of names reveals the use of language can literally change the meaning of something, thus leading one to an immoral choice in behavior.  Beyond nicknames and euphemisms is a more sophisticated technique, known as framing.  In a nutshell, framing involves the deceptive use of language to convince others to support immoral choices.  A “frame” has the ability to not only change the meaning of something, but to literally alter one’s perception of reality.  Unfortunately, far too many people fall victim to the powerful effects of framing, and end up taking stances on issues contrary to their own beliefs! Take the “clear skies” initiative, introduced by GOP politicians under the Bush administration.  The so called “clear skies” plan, “would loosen Clean Air Act standards for most of the nation’s power companies. And it has taken the pressure off companies that violate the law, cutting inspections staff and reducing Fines and criminal charges against polluters.”

Basically, this law allows more harmful and toxic chemicals to be dumped into the atmosphere, polluting our lungs and the air we breathe.  I’m confident no one would knowingly believe this is a good thing, much less openly support such a position when provided the chance to voice their opinion at the polls.  Hence, a frame is intentionally crafted that serves the purpose of convincing people to vote in favor of a policy position that is actually detrimental to their health and well being.  Those on the left side of the political spectrum refer to this phenomenon as “voting against one’s self-interest.”

Now that we know framing occurs, who is responsible, and what motivates an individual or group of people to manipulate others in such a fashion?  The obvious answer is money, but in this case it’s much scarier than that.  The use of framing (ie, deceptive language) has been used recently in politics to advance an ideology that is consistent with the special interests of the ruling elite in this country.  This immoral behavior is being carried out by unethical pollsters and politicians in Washington, who happen to share a similar disposition, known as the authoritarian personality.

Shortly after the atrocities that took place in Nazi Germany, researchers in the field of psychology attempted to understand what led people to openly display such hideous behavior under fascist rule, including increased levels of anti-Semitism and prejudice against the “other.”  The result of this endeavor was a personality syndrome labeled, the authoritarian personality, which was later turned into a book under the same title, written by Adorno, et al. (1950).   Adorno and colleagues discovered that this personality syndrome was characterized by pro-fascist, antidemocratic attitudes, coupled with complete submission to authority figures.

Modern day polls can also be traced to this time period.  Due to the stranglehold widespread propaganda had on certain elements of the population, and the ease at which the repetition of lies led to blind submission to fascist authority, Gallup and others developed polling techniques to assess public perception.  Today, these techniques are being used by unethical pollsters like Frank Luntz, who craft frames, poll test the language, and focus group approve the final product for use by right wing authoritarian (RWA) politicians, and other true believers to manipulate public perception in favor of this authoritarian ideology.

Right wing authoritarian (RWA) is a personality and ideological variable studied in political, social, and personality psychology. Right-wing authoritarians are people who have a degree of willingness to submit to authorities they perceive as established and legitimate, who adhere to social conventions and norms, and who are hostile and punitive in their attitudes towards people who don’t adhere to them.  They value uniformity and are in favour of using group authority, including coercion, to achieve it.”

“Authoritarians are generally more favorable to punishment and control than personal freedom and diversity…they are more likely to advocate strict, punitive sentences for criminals, and report that punishing such people is satisfying for them.  They tend to be ethnocentric and prejudiced against racial and ethnic minorities and homosexuals.

History has already proven what is capable of happening when RWA’s are in positions of power, but what many people may not be aware of is that the modern day GOP are right-wing authoritarians!  Simply take a look at the 2012 GOP party platform.  Many of the personality characteristics mentioned above can be seen in the actions taken by GOP lawmakers.  For a glimpse of how this ideological agenda is being carried out, let’s take a look at a couple of examples.

Radical right wing governors across the country are actively implementing laws to discriminate against minority groups by suppressing their right to vote in the upcoming presidential election.  To get people on board with this radical agenda, the frame “voter fraud” was created.

GOP politicians are passing laws to ship our jobs overseas.  The frame used in this case is “illegal immigrants” are taking our jobs.

GOP politicians are passing laws that force us to work for less, and take away our rights to fight back when our wages and pensions are raided by vulture capitalists like Mitt Romney.  This is being framed as “right to work.”

GOP politicians are implementing laws to control women’s reproductive health, framed as “religious freedom.”

GOP politicians are spending taxpayer money to enrich the super wealthy elite, framed as “tax relief.”  Coincidentally, the funneling of taxpayer money to the richest among us is being framed as using taxpayer money to give to “welfare recipients.”

Perhaps even scarier than the GOP taking total control of our government and convincing people with clever framing to vote against their own interests and well being, is the very future of our planet if these RWA’s continue to gain momentum and firmly implement their dangerous ideology.

“In roleplaying situations, authoritarians tend to seek dominance over others by being competitive and destructive instead of cooperative. In a study by Altemeyer, 68 authoritarians played a three hour simulation of the Earth’s future entitled the Global change game. Unlike a comparison game played by individuals with low RWA scores, which resulted in world peace and widespread international cooperation, the simulation by authoritarians became highly militarized and eventually entered the stage of nuclear war. By the end of the high RWA game, the entire population of the earth was declared dead.[15]

The George Orwell Party (GOP) is Stripping Away Our Right to Vote, While Pretending to Solve a Make Believe Problem!

Voting is fundamental to our democracy.  It enables each citizen to have a say in how our nation should be governed. We have faith in this process, and expect those we elect to represent us to stand up for our interests on a variety of issues that directly impact our lives.  We all want to be happy and healthy.  We all want clean air to breathe, safe food to eat, and non-contaminated water to drink.  We all want a proper education for our children, someone to keep us safe from harm, and an equal opportunity to prosper in life.

However, since our founding, the very voting rights that enable us to have a say in how we are governed were not always a given. Voting rights in the United States were strictly limited to the privileged class when this country was founded.

“In most states, only white men with property were permitted to vote (freed African Americans could vote in four states). White working men, almost all women, and all other people of color were denied the franchise. At the time of the American Civil War, most white men were allowed to vote, whether or not they owned property, but literacy tests, poll taxes, and even religious tests were used in various places, and most white women, people of color, and Native Americans still could not vote.”

Ever since these voting rights were successfully won for poor whites, blacks and women, the Republican Party has adamantly fought to disenfranchise and suppress these voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

Instead of encouraging the right to vote for all citizens in this country, as seen in other nations like Australia, where the voter turn-out is greater than 90%, our Republican politicians are busy devising strategies to take away the right to vote for certain populations.  Today, those populations are the poor, minorities, the elderly, and the younger generation.

I’m afraid that this is what the GOP means when they say they want to “take this country back.”  They want to take it back to an era where only a select few privileged folks get to determine what happens to the rest of us.  Perhaps, if we encouraged active participation in our democracy by modeling nations with a proven track record in near full voter participation in the democratic process, then we wouldn’t need to waste time focusing on make believe attempts of people trying to vote more than once at the polls.

There is absolutely no evidence supporting the GOP claim that individuals are engaging in some type of purposeful act of misrepresenting who they are come election time. In fact, according to an article in think progress, “In the wake of the 2010 elections, numerous GOPcontrolled states have adopted so-called “voter ID” laws to target the entirely fabricated problem of in-person voter fraud. Such voter fraud is so uncommon that a voter is 39 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to actually commit fraud at the polls.”

Despite reality, this does not stop Republican politicians from pretending there is a problem.  This is what the GOP, or the new party of the pretenders does.  They hire unethical pollsters and language manipulators like Frank Luntz, who poll tests and focus group approves language that is proven to resonate with those on the left, right and most importantly, independent voters.  Let’s face it.  No one likes “voter fraud.”  No one likes “illegal immigrants.”  Everyone likes “fair elections.”  This is the type of language Frank Luntz consistently arms the party of the pretenders with to manipulate public opinion in favor of supporting an ideological agenda that serves to do the very opposite of what they pretend to be in favor of.

One such pretender went as far as writing a letter to the attorney general, Eric Holder taking this make believe idea to a whole new level by insisting that this type of behavior is occurring.  In his letter, Congressman Rooney (R-Fl) stated, “Florida has uncovered a widespread problem of illegal and erroneous voter registration, exposing as many as 182,000 registered voters as non-U.S. citizens.”

This outright blatant distortion of reality goes hand in hand with the attempts of the radical right wing governor Rick Scott to suppress the vote of 182,000 poor folks, elderly and young-adult citizens, who are inclined to vote Democratic.

Part of the GOP strategy to advance their ideological agenda is to evoke the appropriate language that resonates with the left, right and center every time they are faced with a question on an issue central to their vision for America.  In this particular case of voter suppression, that language is voter fraud, and fair elections.  As reported by the Miami Herald, when questioned about his decision to engage in voter suppression, Rick Scott not only tried to place blame on the Obama administration for his decision (GOP strategy 101), but consistently evoked the frames mentioned above by saying, “We need to have fair elections. When you vote, you want to make sure that the other individuals that are voting have a right to vote. That’s what I care about.”

This is the party of the pretenders in action.  They pretend to want fair elections and protect our right to vote, among other rights and freedoms, when all they are really concerned with is doing the opposite by taking them away from us.  Pretending to be in favor of what matters to us is an effective strategy of advancing an agenda that actually requires the denial of our rights, freedoms and protections under the law.

The Solyndra Frame Exposed! How Mitt Romney and the GOP are Framing reality.

In a speech given last Thursday, Mitt Romney broke out the GOP Solyndra frame once again, but this time while standing in front of the now vacant plant in Freemont, California.  His of way of giving people a visual image to go with the framing, perhaps.  In a nutshell, the Solyndra frame involves the literal framing of President Obama for actions that both former President Bush and the ‘wannabe’ president Mitt Romney are guilty of committing, such as giving taxpayer money to wealthy donor friends (ie, Bush tax cuts) and engaging in ‘crony capitalism’ or Mitt Romney’s specialty (ie, vulture capitalism). This type of immoral behavior regularly practiced under the Bush administration and characteristic of Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital days were projected onto President Obama during this brief speech.

The very first question asked after three solid minutes of misinforming the public was, “In 2005, President Bush signed the energy policy act that created the government loan guarantee (ie, putting taxpayers on the hook when companies fail) doesn’t he get the blame for this?”

Instead of answering the question, which is based on facts, Mitt Romney continued framing this issue by deflecting attention away from who is truly responsible by making it appear as if President Obama was to blame for the failure of this single company. The untold reality is that the circumstances that led to the use of $535 million dollars of taxpayer money (a mere 1.3% of all loan guarantee amounts) was implemented by former President Bush, hurried along by GOP politicians, and backed by the super-wealthy Walton family, who have donated millions to GOP politicians over the years.

As reported by Stephen Lacey and Richard Caperton, It’s often claimed that the Solyndra loan guarantee was “rushed through” by the Obama administration for political reasons” In fact, the Solyndra loan guarantee was a multi-year process that the Bush administration launched in 2007.”  They go on to note that “Rather than “pushing funds out the door too quickly,” the Obama administration restructured the original loan when it came into office to further protect the taxpayers’ investment.”

This reporting is backed up by Politifact, who noted, “The Energy Department’s loan guarantee program was created as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by a Republican-controlled Congress and signed by Bush.”
 To make matters worse, President Bush touted the bill as a success at the time, while using many positive sounding words to provide the illusion of responsible governing.

President Bush: “This bill will strengthen our economy and it will improve our environment, and it’s going to make this country more secure. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 is going to help every American who drives to work, every family that pays a power bill, and every small business owner hoping to expand.” What President Bush failed to tell the American people is that this positive sounding language is an intentional act of deception that conceals the GOP’s true intentions of minimizing the risk made by wealthy investors who donate to his campaign, while maximizing the risk to unsuspecting taxpayers. This two-faced political strategy of the GOP involves taking credit for initiatives they frame as strengthening our economy and helping Americans, while blaming the opposition for any market failures that occur as a result of gambling with our tax dollars.

This win-win strategy is a product of the memo Frank “The Liar” Luntz crafted with the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, in the mid 1990’s, called Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.  Ever since then, the GOP began using positive sounding language when describing any social, economic or political position advocated by the GOP, regardless of any immoral or devastating consequences to the public, while simultaneously using negative sounding language when describing any social, economic or political position in opposition to their ideological agenda.

So, when Mitt Romney breaks out the Solyndra frame and says that “It’s a symbol not of success but of failure, and that “the president was taking money from the taxpayer to give freely to his friends”, he is partially correct.  It just so happens the serious conflict of interest and the decision to line the pockets of wealthy donors was a result of the immoral actions committed by Bush, not President Obama. This is what the modern day George Orwell Party (GOP) does.  They literally frame the opposition for actions they are guilty of committing.

When the market fails, or when the immoral and reckless behavior of a select few causes catastrophic conditions for the rest of us, people like Mitt Romney and other corrupt politicians step in and use it to their political advantage by framing the issue, and focus media attention and blame on the very people who are trying to protect the public from the abuses of crony capitalism.

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