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  •  Our misfortune. (4+ / 0-)

    Our misfortune is that the ignorant and incompetent have, in many cases, been amply endowed with the gift of gab and are quite adept at persuading the competent to do their (dirty) work for them, in full knowledge that they ought not to.
    Perhaps it is pride that leads one to think, "this is a really bad idea, but I am clever enough to make it work reasonably well."

    What I have decided this morning, as a consequence of finding a new word, is that the mingy do not deserve to get their way, under any circumstance. "Conservative" is a euphemism that needs to be retired from the political arena until it is employed solely to the avoidance of waste and deterioration. People who are stingy and mean are mingy -- a word which was coined, the dictionary tells us, in 1911.

    The mingies have managed to turn "liberal" into a dysphemism. Let's reclaim it and retire their euphemism at the same time.

    Liberal v. Mingies

    I don't think there is any question that R&R are poster boys for the Mingies.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 02:37:36 AM PDT

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