Thursday, February 7, 2013

Diction Matters: Reading Between the Lines in Political Speech---Sequestration Edition

The White House Press Secretary, in commenting on Republican proposals for replacing sequestration, made the following remark

"It’s a series of measures that basically say that seniors, middle-class families, disabled kids and others will solely bear the burden of buying down the sequester while the weathiest get held harmless." (emphasis added)

The key word there---and in so much of the administration's statements on the issue--is "solely."  What they mean, then, is that it is perfectly okay, in their minds, to make seniors, middle-class families, and disabled children partially bear the burden of corporate greed, military adventurism, and Wall Street recklessness.  That, as I see it, is also unacceptable.

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