Over the years, I have noticed there are a few terms that are frequently used in deceptions. I figured that I might include them below for you.
The children. Usually, when a politician uses this term, the children benefit the least. If money is involved, it usually goes to some other purpose and often into someone’s pocket.
Comprehensive. The first time I heard this word was “Comprehensive immigration bill.” It was supposed to solve all the woes of immigration. However, after studying the bill, it became obvious that it solved everything but illegal immigration. Actually, it encouraged it. Then they were upset because the people all got in an uproar and made them vote it down. Ever since then, they complain about it. Now and then, they bring it up again, in hopes that maybe they will catch us napping, or maybe we’ll tire of fighting it. Needless to say, comprehensive or a similar term is used from time to make other expressions: Healthcare, crime bill, education, mass transit, etc. Unless you don’t mind getting deceived, keep your eyes open.
Environment. It is the new home for the communists. Those that like to use the word want to make sure we all ride around on bicycles while they go around in limos and jets. it is the same concept the communists have. A few people in control telling the rest of us what to do, where to go, and of course, what to think.
Prejudice. This word and a few synonyms are used whenever a person with common sense gets in the way of the powers to be. Naturally, it is a term that has been used frequently to disparage President Trump. It has caused the the controllers no end of grief that it hasn’t worked. Maybe one reason it fails to work on him is that the term has been abused and overused so much that the public has become immune to it. In a sense, we have been inoculated to it. The bad thing is that the people who truly suffer prejudice are ignored. I heard a story about that one time. Let me see. Oh yes. It’s the story about the boy who called wolf. Most of us know the disaster the befell the boy that made that mistake.
Lobbying. Also known as bribery. The problem with a government or its representatives accepting bribes is that it usually benefits the one doing the bribing. To be sure, bribes are illegal in federal, state and local governments. However they are still common place. More than that, lobbyists bribe representatives all the time and it is legal, as long as the money goes to a campaign. However, offers in kind are often collected after the politician retires and goes back into private life. It makes it next to impossible to enforce. Besides, its an acceptable practice. Its a retirement plan. Certainly, much of the bribery comes in from unions, especially the National Education Association (NEA). (The National Endowment for the Arts (also NEA) also makes bribes, though they are greatly financed by the federal government. I don’t know about you, but that sounds improper. They are using government money to bribe government officials.) I don’t know anything that can be done about lobbyists. Corporations and unions do have an ethical right to representation. However, I do believe all such money should be published. Nowadays, with the Internet, that shouldn’t be a problem. The government official and the those lobbying the officials should post the financial info on web pages and kept there for a reasonable time. That way, when I get ready to vote for someone, I will know where they get most of their contributions. Also, it will let me keep an eye on those doing the lobbying. As for the art outfit: that’s just wrong. It ought to be illegal, though I don’t think that will happen. Those receiving the funds are not likely going to vote against it. It’s sort of like expecting our representatives to vote for term limits. It’s just not going to happen.
I’m sure there are many words I’ve left out that you can think of. If you like, I welcome your suggestions. Let’s just keep it clean and reasonable. Invariably, the terms are easy to see, provided you take a minute to think about it. Mostly it is a matter of making sure you understand any law involved and determine who would benefit the most. This is usually the person who uses the euphemism.