Friday, August 09, 2002

How to BS the American People

That should be the title of a campaign primer the ReTHUGlicans have prepared for their candidates. Or perhaps How to Sell Snake Oil. Here are some choice excerpts from the AP news story about the primer:

If challenged on school vouchers, the suggested response is, "I'm not going to engage in class warfare. The real issue here is opportunity."

"When discussing Medicare, be careful to choose your terms carefully," Republican strategists advise. "Always emphasize that you will: preserve Medicare, protect Medicare, strengthen Medicare. ... Never use the word 'privatize' when referring to Medicare modernization or reforms."

In 1984, George Orwell coined a word for this kind of dishonest use of language: newspeak.

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