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  •  the GOP is already howling about wording (13+ / 0-)

    over the past week, righties have been shitting their pants in insistence that any poll that doesn't phrase it "government option" is invalid.

    Their reasoning is that it's not a "public option" but a "government plan" because, according to Luntz, "it's government funded."

    Of course, the truth is that it would be financed by participants and, as with private programs, some of its participants would receive government subsidies.

    But I doubt that will stop Rasmussen and GE from incorporating Luntz's "insight" into their next round of BS polling.

    •  government money is public money... (2+ / 0-)
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      ferg, boadicea

      I work with government funds and I use the phrase "public funds" most of the time because it is more accurate, and emphasizes "we are doing this for us" instead of "the government is doing this for you".

      Of course you'd say have the brainpan of a stagecoach tilter!

      by gooners on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 01:54:28 PM PDT

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    •  The public IS the government you Luntz head, not (3+ / 0-)
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      ferg, oscarsmom, Stroszek

      you, but Frank.

    •  That's pretty silly (0+ / 0-)

      But I say run it, I doubt it would shift anything by more than 5% max if you phrased it "government option" (which just sounds awkward to me).  Since the government controls things that are public, why would that make any difference?

      "You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."-Clarence Darrow

      by cwech on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 02:04:01 PM PDT

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    •  Government BAAAAD (2+ / 0-)
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      brein, zroo92

      Of COURSE they want the word "Government" in the description. They've flogged this dog to the point now where the raw meat-eating goons on the right hear the word "Government" and they think "Imperial Empire". Government = IRS, beaurocrats, waste, Motor Vehicle Administration, Black Holes, paperwork, rudeness, and rules.

      Public = Parks, fountains, swingsets, flowers, birds, the Zoo, bike paths, and nature trails.

      If it were up to the Republicans, it wouldn't be called the Public Option at all. It would be called the Government Socialist Communist Beaurocracratic Soviet Darth Vader option.

      Beer Nuts is the Official Disease of Milwaukee

      by songoman on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 02:52:47 PM PDT

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