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Sunday, September 6, 2009

A pocket dictionary of political speech

In the Concord Monitor, Former House Speaker Donna Sytek looks at how the choice of language frames the political debate.
The spenders will support "revenue enhancements" and "closing loopholes," but those who want to hold the line will call them "tax increases." A spending increase less than had been proposed becomes a "cut," even if it's more than last year's appropriation.

After working "long and hard," the Finance Committee brings forth a "responsible spending plan" which members of the opposition will characterize as "bloated" if they think it's too much or "slash and burn" if they view it as inadequate.

Do we "live within our means" or "meet our responsibilities"? It depends on your point of view.

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