In almost all action movies, sooner or later someone says “Cover me, I’m going in,” or words to that effect.
The essence of the command is to provide a distraction so that the real mission can be carried out. Methinks that this is the operational function of the Donald Trump’s Fourth Reich. He’s there launching rapid-fire BS distracting the press while the real mission is being carried out by others.
Like Paul Ryan. He’s flying under the radar while Trump is shooting blanks.
Trump on the campaign trail also called for spending $1 trillion on infrastructure, part of his pledges to stimulate job creation in the Rust Belt. Democrats have already put forward an infrastructure proposal that they hope will bring Trump to the table.
Republicans have so far proven wary of adding to the national debt in an infrastructure plan, and Ryan hinted Thursday that he would want to take a different path than Democrats.
“Remember, this isn’t a trillion dollars of taxpayer spending. This is, how do we leverage private sector dollars so we can leverage more private sector spending on infrastructure like pipelines and things like that? FAA reform, we have to overhaul the entire air traffic control system. That’s a huge infrastructure piece with airports. That’s all part of this,” he said.
If you didn’t catch that last statement making headlines, you are not alone. Read it and think about what he is saying: leverage private sector spending on infrastructure. That’s absolutely weasel-speak for selling off public assets. You think Flint needs new pipes? Then sell the public works to private companies.
He’s also talking about airports, something his family knows since they built O’Hare (he’s a scion of one of the great mid-wester industrial fortunes—Ryan Industries of Janesville—that literally built O’Hare and most of the freeways in the middle of the country), imagine the fun of privatizing the busiest airport in North America, especially if you already have privatized the FAA (which essentially means Air Traffic Control); you think that gutting Net Neutrality to give corporations faster “tubes” is bad, wait until airlines get to control which airlines get the best routes or uninterrupted airspace.
So instead of focusing on the Trump shitshow, keep you eye on Ryan. His goals are pretty straight forward: destroy the social safety net, sell off the assets of the country in a fire sale. He’s already told us this. Trump is just giving him cover to do it unobserved.