“Cover Me, I’m Going In”

"Oh, gross," said the fish

“Oh, gross,” said the fish

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.

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5 Responses to “Cover Me, I’m Going In”

  1. 9thousandfeet says:

    Yes, excellent stuff TG.
    The longstanding GOP project to strip the public sector to the bare walls continues apace, and the likes of Ryan regard Trump as a useful idiot capable of generating plenty of chaff and squid’s ink.

    They think they can control this, that they will be able—once Trump’s “usefulness” is exhausted—to dispense with him (impeachment if necessary) and transfer the point of the spear duties to Pence, who is arguably even more sinister.

    Maybe that’s how it will play out, or maybe not, I don’t know. Trump is a fighter and is no fool when it comes to ratfucking.
    What I do know is that we’re in a war on many fronts, and the enemy has a deep bench. This is not just about defanging Trump and Bannon’s shitshow, it’s much bigger than that.

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    • tengrain says:

      9K – as always, I think your insight is spot-on. Replacing Trump with Pence is literally a jump from the figurative pot into the figurative pan.

      I do think that Bannon is a chaos agent, and probably the most dangerous (and amoral) of that triad of fuck-ups.




      • 9thousandfeet says:

        Agree about Bannon.
        His entire ideology has the necessity for chaos as its central organizing principle, a feature of his thinking (I use that term loosely in this context) about which he’s been perfectly forthright for years.
        No reason I can think of not to take him at his word.

        Stephen Miller is a nasty piece of work too.
        “Continue to worship at the alter [sic] of multiculturalism and we may come to see that we are participating in the sacrifice of the one culture which binds us all.”

        This is gonna be a long hard fight.
        They know it too, which is why they're proposing all kinds of draconian laws in Statehouses from coast to coast to make the price of civil disobedience and public assembly and dissent as prohibitive as possible (making it felony to "obstruct" a highway or public road, just as one example).
        They expect it, and intend to crush it.


  2. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Trump is Zaphod Beeblebrox, his role is to attract attention away from the real powers that be.


  3. ZEGS is an empty suited hypocritical coward, and as horrible and nasty as Trump is, he has an animal cunning that allows him to see the weakness in many people with a dime, orange, laser-like focus. FWIW, I think he is fully aware of what a ridiculously inept asswipe ZEGGY is (all else being equal, the Orange Shitgibbon does, at times, understand the need for competent people and the necessity for avoiding those that cannot actually get things done. I get the impression he knows that Paulie is the latter, and treats him accordingly, while all Ryan can do is suck up.


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