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  •  "Special Interests" - means nothing any more (10+ / 0-)

    This is another Republican maneuver.  Take a term that has some resonance for progressives (a term from the Progressive era, perhaps) and redefine it until it means nothing. The Governator really played a role in doing this when he described nurses, teachers and firefighters as "special interests" in his 2004 campaign, and here we have the culmination of that. Very Orwellian, this.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent, and we are all Wisconsin.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 06:07:20 AM PDT

    •  People addicted to euphemisms are also adept (3+ / 0-)

      at employing dysphemisms -- making something good sound bad.
      It's another way of perverting the truth.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:03:39 AM PDT

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    •  Another word that lost its original meaning... (4+ / 0-)

      ...seems to be "entitlements";

      An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation. A "right" is itself an entitlement associated with a moral or social principle, such that an "entitlement" is a provision made in accordance with legal framework of a society. Typically, entitlements are laws based on concepts of principle ("rights") which are themselves based in concepts of social equality or enfranchisement.
      In a casual sense, the term "entitlement" refers to a notion or belief that one (or oneself) is deserving of some particular reward or benefit[1]—if given without deeper legal or principled cause, the term is often given with pejorative connotation (e.g. a "sense of entitlement").
      Repugs use it in its "casual" sense and by now most people appear to do the same.  Too many Democrats don't seem to have caught on.

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      by Shockwave on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:03:40 AM PDT

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