Call me cynical, but the fact that this group of Republicans voted against a bill which would protect senior citizens from online scammers, actually makes total sense. Look at the list and then cast your mind back to a few weeks ago when the National Republican Congressional Committee made headlines for extorting money from small-dollar donors. Scammers protecting other scammers, is my take. Forbes:
Just eight House Republicans voted against the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, which requires the Federal Trade Commission to compile a report for Congress on scams targeting seniors.
The bill passed 413-8, with Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) voting no.
There you have it, the marquee morons of the House GOP. I would have expected Alabama’s Barry Moore to join in, maybe he wasn’t there that day. And where oh where is Paul Gosar? Wasn’t racist enough for him, I guess. Or, maybe he and Biggs did a coin toss.
Seven of those eight, plus Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Bob Good (R-Va.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) voted against a bill to create an advisory office to help monitor scams targeting seniors, which passed 396-13.
That’s pretty definitive. Protecting senior citizens is not on any of their agendas. And this will blow your mind: 73-years-old, eighty pounds — my neighbor’s dog weighed more — and suffering from dementia, and look what happens to her.
I never really understand why departments wait until AFTER the video is release to make a statement, or punish officers
Bodycam shows Colorado cop push 73-year-old woman with dementia, to ground during arrest | https://t.co/GerAlfr1KJ https://t.co/PO66otGVf1
— Jonathan McCall (@JonathanMcCall) April 18, 2021
It’s scary to think that you can spend your life being a productive member of society, paying taxes, voting, all that and then when you need a little extra protection in your later years, this is what you can expect.
This is unconscionable and every clown on that list needs to be voted out. And as to the cop pushing the old lady to the ground: all I can say is that I’m a shell of the woman I used to be physically, and I’m not yet 73, but I’m not that far from it either. I hope I don’t have to endure this level of abuse. My heart goes out to the lady.
It figures this group would vote against this bill. After all, they are all exploiting tRump’s grifting scam to scare the elderly into donating to their campaigns. It’s big money! This bill would work against their own best interests, so screw the public and seniors. Dangerous to get between a politician and donations.
That’s exactly how I saw it. If we’re cynical, so be it. I don’t think we are.
I am a senior, over 65, getting closer to 70. Still compos mentis
I think, but not taking steps to protect seniors from rapacious scammers is wrong. I am pretty alert ( I read this blog!), but I know and deal with people who are vulnerable. Caveat emptor is not the answer.
You’re absolutely right. And we’re not all at the same level at different ages. I know people who are my age (I’m 68) and if they don’t do a lot of mental work, or don’t do it anymore, they’re not as sharp. They are vulnerable to being hustled. This is flat out evil to not protect this group. And look at who’s doing the evil. Need I say more?
Maybe the GOP’ers thought they’d get a big campaign donation from my Nigerian Prince buddy?
It would be a better world if we could all see it the way a friend of mine used to (except she said it better) – that she could not go into a nursing home and look around without marveling at the number of yoears of productive citizenship she was seeing there.
You probably should have cropped Gohmert’s photo to avoid confusion…
Well folks I’m 81 and mostly compost mentis; hell I can accept help I don’t actually need, though it used to piss me off when it was offered (based on assumptions.) I rarely have an opportunity to ask for it. And I have enriched more scams than I care to remember. But I’ve learned from those expensive errors, and I’m proud and happy with that experience.
There are some bad scams out there. I talked to one of the scammers today. Bottom line, you get a call from a recording saying that you’re in legal trouble and then when you get a live person on the line, the person claims to be from Social Security. That’s when it gets interesting. I was told that the local police were involved and that fraud was being committed with my social security number. They threatened to “suspend” my SSN. If I didn’t understand how things worked, these people would have scared the hell out of me. That is what is sad. But I hope they call back, I’d like to play with their heads.