Over the next few months politicians will be airing ads to entice voter support. They’ll appear on television and radio programs trying to make you believe the world will stop revolving around the sun if you don’t vote for them. In this article, we will examine some of the terms most likely to be used, and the real meaning behind those terms.
Rich, or wealthy: Anyone who makes more than minimum wage and/or has ever had more than ten cents in their pocket at any given time falls under this category. The actual definition changes from week to week, based on the politicians’ audience.
Tax cuts for the rich: A phrase used by left-wing politicians (mostly Democrats) to refer to policies designed to help the rich (see above) keep more of their own money. See this article for more information regarding tax cuts for the rich.
Racist: A tool left wing politicians use to silence anyone they disagree with. Generally, this term is used to describe anyone who did not vote for Barack Obama or who disagrees with Barack Obama about anything. It is also used against anyone who does not support open borders or amnesty for illegal immigrants and anyone who has ever attended a Tea Party event. Ethics investigations in the House of Representatives are now racist, especially when it involves certain members of the Democrat Party. It can mean whatever any MSNBC host says it means at any given time, but is usually reserved for anyone the particular host doesn’t like.
Invest: A phrase politicians like to use instead of the term, tax. Politicians often use this to make you feel better about the government taking, and wasting, more of your money against your will.
Right-wing extremist: Anyone who does not support communism, socialism or fascism; Anyone who believes the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and should be obeyed; Anyone who is to the right of Joseph Stalin; Anyone who has ever voted for a Republican at any time; Whatever any MSNBC host says it means at any given time.
Religious right: This term includes anyone who has ever attended a Christian church at any time, and falls under the definition of right-wing extremist. This can also refer to anyone who believes stealing, lying, adultery or murder is wrong.
Jobs saved: This is a new metric that came into use shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated. No official definition has been found, but one can reasonably argue that it relates to any job that still exists despite the Presidents economic policies.
As an example, suppose you voted for Barack Obama, but you did not support the health care bill. You make $9.75 per hour and you had a quarter in your pocket last week, but would like to keep more of your own money. You attended a tea party event after church one Sunday and you consider yourself very patriotic. By these definitions, you are a rich, racist, right-wing extremist who support tax cuts for the rich. You are a member of the dreaded religious right, and your job was one of many millions saved. Now you can see how easy one can translate liberal political speech to regular English.
This list is by no means exhaustive. As the campaign season wears on, the spin masters will devise more terms to confuse you and twist the facts. When that happens, this list will be updated to include those new terms. For now, you have a tool that will help you understand what politicians really mean when they make their sales pitch.
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