Obama’s doublespeak on federal taxes
Doublespeak is language that intentionally disguises, distorts or reverses the meaning of words. It is language used by unscrupulous politicians to manipulate rather than communicate with citizens.
In his bestselling book Doublespeak, William Lutz notes that doublespeak is not an accident or a “slip of the tongue.” Instead, it is a deliberate, intentional, and calculated misuse of language. Doublespeak’s purpose is to mislead and distort reality; it avoids or shifts responsibility.
As these attributes indicate, doublespeak can be seen as analogous to doublethink and Newspeak, concepts created by George Orwell in 1984. Using doublethink, a person could hold two opposing ideas in his or her mind at the same time, fully believing in both ideas. “Newspeak” was the official language used to express the ideas of doublethink.
Obama’s progressive administration uses Orwellian doublespeak in news conferences and campaign speeches throughout the country. The latest example is that extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making under $250,000 is a middle class tax cut.
Actually it isn’t a tax cut at all because taxes will remain at the level they have been for a decade with higher wage earners and small business will have their taxes increased during a recession, if Obama has his way.
Obama says the country can’t afford the “costs” of tax cuts for the wealthy. Where are the “costs” associated with keeping your own money? Taxpayers, regardless of income, don’t “pay” for the “costs” of tax cuts; they simply keep more of the money they earn.
Taxpayers don’t pay for “tax cuts,” we pay for “government spending.” It’s the spending that “costs” us money, not tax cuts! Obama is arguing that the baseline of government spending should encompass all our earnings and anything the IRS doesn’t take, “costs” the government.
A slight variation of Obama’s doublespeak is when he says it’s wrong for the rich to be “given” more money. He says, the government can’t afford it! Isn’t the money earned in the possession of those who earned it and is taken from them through an overt action of the government called taxation?
The Obama doublespeak makes people think that cutting taxes is a handout. You have the direction of the flow of money backwards, Mr. President. The government doesn’t give the taxpayers the money; they take it from those who earn it.
Is the government “spending” money on people whenever it does not tax them as much as it can? Ironically, real spending by the Obama administration for the benefit of its political allies, isn’t called spending, it’s called “investments” in education, welfare programs, etc.
Another example of doublespeak in the Obama campaign, which shows complete disdain for individual success and exceptionalism, was Vice President Biden saying that Mitt Romney’s agenda would not help “working families.”
What is the doublespeak criterion in order to be a working family? Regardless of the efforts put forth by the wealthy and upper middle class, Obama’s progressives do not consider these people to be among the “working families.” Again, doublespeak’s purpose is to manipulate not inform.
The Obama administration brilliantly created a new standard using doublespeak for his stimulus spending, by announcing that it would “create or save” a predetermined number of jobs. Obama knew no one would be able to hold his administration accountable for “saving jobs,” which can not be measured. Brillant!
Since the government can not afford to “spend” all this money on tax cuts for the wealthy, Obama says this money will help reduce the deficit. The president’s doublespeak doesn’t mention that the total amount saved annually would equal only 8.5 days of government spending and would cost untold jobs from small businesses.
However, the government considers a saved job the same as a created job not realized.
Obama also states that increased taxes will stimulate consumer spending and the economy. What is not explained with doublespeak is how government spending the money it takes in taxes, stimulates the economy any more than the wage earner spending their own money in the first place?
Another great example of presidential doublespeak is stating that tax cuts benefits the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. This example further manipulates class envy by insinuating that tax cuts for the wealthy come from the middle class. Keeping your own money affects neither the wealthy nor the middle class.
Our nation was founded on the idea of free speech – of open, honest discussion of ideas and issues. When our government uses doublespeak, the people begin to become cynical and distrustful toward those organizations. It is only through clear language that we have any hope of defining, debating, and deciding the issues of public policy that confront us.”