Beware of Government Speak

Remember when Obama changed the term “terrorism” to “man caused disaster?” Everyone went WTF?  I’m still not sure what was up with that but I assume it was not to offend the terrorists.  Who cares what they think?  They’re out to kill, harm or at a minimum intimidate us.  I don’t believe offending them will make a bit of difference.  Call it what it is.

Was it the Clinton Administration that called tax increases “contributions?”  Really?  Contributions!  Isn’t it more like theft?  We really have no choice in how much we “contribute” or if we want to contribute at all.

Under President Obama, the “Global War On Terror” has become an “Overseas Contingency Operation.”  That sounds pretty benign.  Something more defensive than proactive.

When is a “Cut” in a program really a “Cut?”  Probably never.  As I mentioned in a previous post,  a cut in government speak usually means a cut in the Baseline Budget.  Let’s say for instance, a program is budgeted to grow by 50 million dollars and the program is now “Cut” or budgeted to grow by 25 million dollars, that is called a cut.  But is it really a cut?  Perhaps in the rate of growth but it’s still growing.

Here is an acronym that I consider ominous.  IPAB – Independant Payment Advisory Board.  This is a 15 member panel of politically appointed individuals that will be tasked with overseeing Medicare spending.  They will seek to find ways to keep its costs under control.  Not too many people know about it yet.  It’s part of Obama Care.  Is it a new name for Death Panels?  I’m not sure but I can tell you I don’t have a good feeling about it.  You can read a bit more about it at the following link:

I read a short article today by Thomas Sowell concerning the governments handling of our debt crisis.  He began the article talking about government speak, which is what prompted me to write about it.  He uses a couple examples you might find interesting and his thoughts about government spending (which is what his article is really about) are pretty much spot on.  Here is the link:

The next time you hear a slick phrase from a politician, ask yourself if there’s a reason why they wouldn’t say it in plain english.  Dr. Sowell thinks that there’s something they may not want you to understand.  Is there?  Just Asking.


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