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Today’s Denver Post Newspeak

The Denver Post has a front page article today on the city’s “Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver,” or GRID.

 The papers says GRID “is funded by a $2.2 million grant from the Department of Justice.”  This is Newspeak designed to make the federal government, via the Department of Justice, appear to be a benevolent, kind entity.

A more accurate and truthful sentence would say that GRID “is funded by the federal government borrowing money your great grandchildren must pay back.”

Are they “grants” or “subsidies?” Newspeak is so hard to understand sometimes.

I am confused. (Not an unusual state for me, I realize). In today’s Denver Post, Allison Sherry has an article on the potential for Colorado farmers to lose direct payments from the federal government. (See “Farms warm to subsidy cuts“). She writes:

Colorado farmers stand to lose millions of dollars a year in direct subsidy payments for corn, wheat and soybean crops as part of agriculture reform heading to the U.S. Senate in a couple of months.

Colorado received more than $4 billion in subsidies, including direct payments, from 1995 to 2010.

Why are payments to farmers “subsidies” and payments to solar energy companies “grants?” It’s so hard to keep up with the changes in Newspeak.

They are both direct payments from the federal government to private entities. Of course, the federal government does not actually have this money. They borrow it. Sooner or later, the debt will be paid – one way or another.

No matter what you call it, this government borrowing to give money to preferred groups will come from the pockets of future generations. It is intergenerational theft.

It is time we call it what it really is: immoral.

introductory sentence declares

Maybe only a really, really rich guy can credibly make the case for why the wealthy should be asked to pay more in taxes.

Do you see the insidious lie? Do you see the one word intentionally used incorrectly as outright propaganda? Do you see the fraud?

Unfortunately, I believe very few see the lie. The lie has been so successfully ingrained in our psyche we believe it to be real. We accept every word in Dionne's sentence without question.

Joseph Goebbels' was absolutely correct. He said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

Do you see the one word lie in Dionne's blithe deceit?

It is his use of the word "asked."

Dionne uses the word "asked" when he actually means "forced." Dionne does not want to ask the rich to pay may taxes. He wants the rich to be forced to pay more taxes.

Do not let this Newspeak go unchallenged. Whenever someone uses the verb "ask" in the context of taxes, correct them. To be asked means one can decline. That is not an option with taxes.

This distinction is not mere semantics. It is truth. Without truth, there is no justice. Without truth, there is no reality. Without truth, we are living a lie.

Destroy the lie. Insist on the truth.




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Blithe deceit

E.J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, provides us with today’s example of Newspeak. He applauds billionaire Warren Buffett’s call for higher taxes on the rich. Dionne’s introductory sentence declares

Maybe only a really, really rich guy can credibly make the case for why the wealthy should be asked to pay more in taxes.

Do you see the insidious lie? Do you see the one word intentionally used incorrectly as outright propaganda? Do you see the fraud?

Unfortunately, I believe very few see the lie. The lie has been so successfully ingrained in our psyche we believe it to be real. We accept every word in Dionne’s sentence without question.

Joseph Goebbels’ was absolutely correct. He said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Do you see the one word lie in Dionne’s blithe deceit?

It is his use of the word “asked.”

Dionne uses the word “asked” when he actually means “forced.” Dionne does not want to ask the rich to pay may taxes. He wants the rich to be forced to pay more taxes.

Do not let this Newspeak go unchallenged. Whenever someone uses the verb “ask” in the context of taxes, correct them. To be asked means one can decline. That is not an option with taxes.

This distinction is not mere semantics. It is truth. Without truth, there is no justice. Without truth, there is no reality. Without truth, we are living a lie.

Destroy the lie. Insist on the truth.

Kristof’s “Raise my taxes!” is shameless demagoguery and Newspeak.

In his April 14, 2011 New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof proudly proclaims, exclamation point and all, “raise my taxes!”

He, and others, use this tactic to show how magnanimous and selfless they are. Of course, it is complete and utter nonsense. It is pure demagoguery and absolutely dishonest. It is the height of disingenuousness.
If Mr. Kristof wants to pay more taxes, no government action is required. The Treasury Department accepts donations. Kristof knows this.
What he really means is that he wants the government to raise YOUR taxes.
Of course, this is yet another example of the language of statists, Newspeak: Say something that you do not mean to achieve a hidden purpose. War is peace, night is day. Your money is my money.