Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.
What is really important in the world of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that don’t fit an agenda or program. –Edward Herman
President Obama suggests raising the debt ceiling won’t add a penny to a U.S. debt already spiraling out of control. What planet does he live on?
In a speech to the Business Roundtable this week covered by CNSnews.com, Obama added this gem to the budget debate: “Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.”
prof·li·gate (pr f l -g t, -g t ). adj. 1. Given over to dissipation; dissolute. 2. Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant.
Use a $2 word when you want to hide what you’re lying about.
Orwell’s description of political speech is extremely similar to the contemporary definition of doublespeak; In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness… the great enemy of clear language is insincerity. Where there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, …like profligacy. 🙂
What? This kind of gibberish is a big reason voters have so little faith in their public officials these days.
But still vote for them anyhow. Either out of Party loyalty, agenda,ignorance or lack of interest.
Suffice it to say that if the debt ceiling has been raised “over a hundred times” and each time the debt went higher, one would have to conclude there’s a very high — indeed, perfect — correlation between a higher debt ceiling and higher debt.
Yet, Obama goes on to say how tough a vote it will be because “the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we’re running up our debt.”
It does mean that, but this politics, where lying is an art form and a necessity.
Again, the president must think he’s talking only to the low-information voters who returned him to office. He’s the one who’s running up the debt, both in relative and absolute terms. This is fact, not opinion.
But HE is only talking to the low-information moron. And the media that feeds them info is right there with him feeding the bovine fecal matter to them by the shovel full.
After all, anyone who disagrees with must be a “racist”, or a “partisan” and they must lying anyhow to protect their own agenda. The second one being particularly comical, but that’s doublespeak for you because of it’s correlate, Doublethink-The ability to hold contradictory ideas and believe both are true.
Obama and the Democrats aren’t the Partisans, it’s the Republicans and the “Anti-Obama crowd” who are. 🙂
Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost.
But the other way around is not possible. And the Democrats didn’t do the same thing to George W Bush now did they… 🙂
When Obama assumed the presidency in 2009, total U.S. debt, after subtracting what the government owes to itself, stood at 52% of GDP. That, economists say, is elevated but manageable. Today it’s 73% of GDP, a dangerous level.
And according to new data from the Congressional Budget Committee, based on the added spending the president has put into place — from misbegotten health reform to failed stimulus to uncontrolled entitlements — the debt-to-GDP ratio will hit 100% by 2038. The CBO rightly calls this “unsustainable.”
Yeah, but reports like that make the low information vote tune you out and watch X-Factor…
As for claiming that raising the debt ceiling doesn’t “promote profligacy,” please. Runaway spending is the source of our budget problem. The nonpartisan CBO’s own estimates say spending will rise from a 40-year average of about 20% of GDP to 26% by 2038 — a 30% jump in government’s share of U.S. output.
So why is Obama saying things that are patently false? With a showdown looming later this month over raising the debt ceiling, he hopes to shut down the government and blame the GOP for it. That would weaken the GOP before next year’s elections, while letting Obama continue his spending spree — a win-win.
Republicans would be wise to call Obama on his fiscal blackmail and hold out for a deal that slows spending, reforms taxes, cuts entitlement outlays in the future and defunds ObamaCare (one of the main drivers of future spending growth, according to the CBO).
But I doubt “Jar Jar” Boehner has the balls for that.
The last five years have been the most fiscally irresponsible in this nation’s history, a period that will have Americans decades from now scratching their heads.
Already it’s costing investments, jobs and economic growth. Unless we act now to reverse the madness, our children and grandchildren will be justified in asking: How could we have stood by and let things get so bad? (IBD)
“Vote for Me, The other guy’s an Asshole” 🙂
Simple, but elegant.