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Paul Krugman, NYT, March 3, 2017: Goodbye Spin, Hello Raw Dishonesty
Paul Krugman addresses a topic that is a hot button fore many of us: Politicians lying. It's not just any politician, it's the entire Trump administration. Sure all politicians lie to a certain extent, but the Trump administration has brought it to a whole new level.
Jeff Sessions outright lied under oath at his confirmation hearing, and it seems "okay" to Republicans who think recusing himself is enough of a price to pay.
Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, lied when he told Congress that his financial firm, Goldman Sachs didn’t engage in “robo-signing” of foreclosure documents, seizing homes without proper consideration.
Michael Flynn, national security advisor, lied about his contacts with Russians during the campaign and during the transition. When his lies were exposed he was forced to resign (i.e. fired).
Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, lied to Congress about his use of a private email account, but is serving the president without any retribution.
Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, lied about a sweetheart deal to purchase stock in a biotechnology company at a discount, but Republicans approved him anyway.
As Krugman points out, they all get away with it because of the enablers.
"In part, of course, the pervasiveness of lies reflects the character of the man at the top: No president, or for that matter major U.S. political figure of any kind, has ever lied as freely and frequently as Donald Trump. But this isn’t just a Trump story. His ability to get away with it, at least so far, requires the support of many enablers: almost all of his party’s elected officials, a large bloc of voters and, all too often, much of the news media."
Krugman cites the "moral vacuity of Republicans in Congress" who don't seemed fazed by the lies "as long as they can get tax cuts for the rich and benefit cuts for the poor." Likewise, Republican primary election voters, especially those in polarized and/or gerrymandered districts, become enablers for never questioning the honesty of their politicians; and finally he points the finger at Fox News whose viewers "live in a bubble into which awkward truths never penetrate".
Is lying Trump style the new normal?
For the Christians: "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord -- Proverbs 12:22"