Obama, “Redistribution of Wealth,” and
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.
Orwell (1903-1950), Politics and the English Language
as in “redistribution of wealth,” is a
word and a phrase that are verboten in the White House.
A code word is a word or a phrase
designed to convey a predetermined meaning to a receptive audience, while
remaining inconspicuous to the uninitiated.
It is camouflage language. It is saying not what you mean and meaning
not what you say. It is euphemism at
its best and most deceptive.
To liberals, "redistribution" is the essence of ObamaCare. It is what it is all about.
To conservatives, “redistribution “ evokes negative
images of socialism or the social welfare state.
“Redistribution ” connotes ideas of transfer payments from the well-to-do to-the-not-so-well-to-do,
from the Have’s- to-the-Have-Not’s, from the wealthy-to-the-healthy, from the
young- to-the-old, from the
upper-classes t0-the-lower –classes, from those –receiving-subsidies-for-health –exchange-plans-to-those-not-receiving-
subsidies, of government subsidies of
food(food stamps) or housing, of thos
not-on-the-dole to those-on-the-dole. to conservatives, this is not what American free enterprise should be all about.
“Redistribution” is a loaded word that conjures up all sorts of unfairness in people’s
minds,” said William M. Daley, who was once Mr. Obama’s chief of staff.
Republicans wield it “as a hammer” against Democrats, he said,
adding, “It’s a word that, in the
political world, you just don’t use.”
word "redistribution" is toxic at the White House, where it has been hidden away to make the
Affordable Care Act more palatable to the public and less a target for
Republicans, who have long accused Democrats of seeking “socialized medicine.” But the redistribution of wealth has always
been a central feature of the law and lies at the heart of the insurance market
disruptions driving political attacks this fall.
the White House, never, never associate the word “redistribution” with the
health care law. “Redistribution” creates images and false impressions of “single payer”, “socialized medicine,” “rationing,” government
bureaucracy,” “social welfare state, “nanny-care,” “class-warfare,”and so
forth. President Obama does not want to known as closet socialist.
“ObamaCare”, has said the President, “ is not a redistribution argument. This is not about taking from rich people to
give to poor people. This is about us
together making investments in our country so everyone together gets a fair
It is not about what Karl Marx (1818-1893) so famously said , “From
each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
It is not about what Margaret Thatcher
(1925-2013) meant when she uttered these words, “ The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples’ money.”
And it is not about what Winston Churchill (1874-1965) saying when he observed, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the
unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism the equal sharing
"No, no," President Obama might have said, “ It is
not about the illusions or delusions of
the past. It is not what others say it is about. It is about the opportunities
of the present and the future of ‘fairness’,
‘fair shots,’ ‘spreading the wealth,’
and ‘social investment.’ “
Tweet: The Obama
administration abhors the word “redistribution” because it evokes the image of
President Obama as a closet socialist.
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