Saturday, July 18, 2009

Opposition language for Obamacare: Scheme

The GOP could learn a thing or two from Democrats when it comes to opposing legislation. Take Dubya's Social Security partial privatization -- Not only did we lose the language debate on "partial privatization" versus "personal accounts" (or whatever it was), but the Democrats called it something else that really stuck...

A "risky scheme".

"Scheme" is a technically accurate term for just about any government plan. It's used freely in UK politics without any negative connotation. But of course, in the good ol' U.S. of A., "scheme" sounds rather devious.

So why haven't we been calling Obamacare "a risky scheme"?

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