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  •  Krugman's complaint in a nutshell: (0+ / 0-)

    But even if he proposes good policies, the fact that Mr. Obama feels the need to wrap these policies in bad metaphors is a sad commentary on the state of our discourse.

    But I am told constantly by progressives that people don't care about process or optics- they just want jobs, gosh darnit.

    What progressives must mean, in reality, is that they care about process and optics when it is process and optics they favor.

    Not surprising, but they should be more honest.

    Progressivism, like conservatism, cannot fail. It can only be failed.

    by tomjones on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 08:17:40 AM PST

    •  Exactly the opposite (3+ / 0-)
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      Your quote from Krugman illustrates the damage that message framing can do to sincere efforts to fix the economy.  He and the rest of us already know a lot about the "process" and past evidence of which economic policies work.

      But we also know that, even when tendering sensible economic reform, the president's habit of couching those ideas in conservative terminology and framing actually weakens his chances of getting what he wants.

      Proud member of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 09:27:47 AM PST

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      •  Laws are made out of words. (0+ / 0-)

        Poor choice of "metaphor" leads to poor law and regulation. It's not optics or PR -- the very essence of a policy is in the language that is used to describe the policy.

        But then again -- you are responding to a poor man'sGoebels! You could have written an 5 pages deconstructing every propagandistic element in "TomJones" statement.

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