Gaslighting describes how an individual in a position of power lies to manipulate others. Gaslighters lie, exaggerate, threaten and repeat. They wear their victims down and try to make them believe that the lies are true to dominate and control.
The piece singles me out, even though Sen. Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, is a co-sponsor and other legislators have signed on to it. I am described as a representative; I am a senator. The author says he would have thought that someone as educated as I would understand his cited studies and his economic conclusions, implying that there is something wrong with my intellectual capacity. This is classic gaslighting: single out, isolate the victim and demean.