Peterson acolyte assaults rational being at DC hotel conclave
A conservative scholar [paid propagandist] at the Heritage Foundation, Edmund F. Haislmaier, attacked a nonprofit employee Tuesday morning in a hotel where both men were attending an event sponsored by the Campaign to Fix the Debt.
Since the United States can never go broke*, don't "fix" the debt!
The incident, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel downtown, occurred after Burke Stansbury, of the Seattle-based nonprofit Campaign for Community Change, and about 20 other progressive activists interrupted a speech by Republican Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) to encourage the senator to protect Social Security and Medicare in fiscal cliff negotiations.
Stansbury told The Huffington Post that Haislmaier followed him and his group out of the conference room, where video shows Haislmeier screaming, "No! No! No no no no! No! Nonono! No! I was invited on this panel ... No no no no! No! These people, these people are screwing things up for my kids!"
Stansbury replied, "These are the real people," but Haislmaier was "livid."
As Haislmaier yelled, "'And I'm not, I'm not...,'" Stansbury said, "he grabbed my wrist and then grabbed the camera and pulled the camera out of my hand and it fell to the floor." The video shows the camera hitting the floor, after which it stops filming.
At this point, according to witnesses, two hotel security guards stepped in and forcibly restrained Haislmaier.
Haislmaier is a Senior Research Fellow [ha ha ha] in Health Policy Studies at the conservative think tank, and a longstanding, vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining Heritage, Haislmaier was an executive at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and a health care industry consultant.
And, apparently, as we would expect, a humongous pustulating asshole with a nasty temper and an inability to control himself in public. Yep, that's Heritage!
Actually, though, to take the point Haislmaier raises seriously:
There really are people who believe that "fixing" the debt is necessary to make the world a better place for their children. I had a talk with a permaculturalist who was concerned that by living too long, she was taking resources from her children. One reason Peterson's propaganda is so insidious is that it plays on people's best impulses, and even manages to reframe austerity as a form of altruism. Haislmaier could genuinely believe his own bullshit.
Then again, when they say it's "for the children," it's never for the children.
NOTE * We're sovereign in our own currency!