Gut Rumbles
 

December 07, 2004

that's the ticket

If your ideas fail at the ballot box, what do you do? Why, you stick with the same failed ideas--- you just call them something else.

During the 2004 campaign, Lakoff suggested that instead of talking about how Bush had run up the national debt, Democrats should label it a "baby tax'' the Republican president had imposed on future generations.

He has suggested that same-sex marriage should be referred to as "the right to marry.'' Trial lawyers like vice presidential nominee John Edwards should instead be called "public protection attorneys,'' and the term environmental protection, which brings to mind big government and reams of regulations, should instead be termed "poison-free communities.''

When your idea of the perfect state is big government and reams of regulations, that's the last thing you want to actually TELL people. And I would be careful about that "baby tax" talk, given the mess Democrats have made with Social Security and Medicare--- a CRUSHING baby tax on generations to come.

Plus, I enjoy the irony. When you lose an election largely because voters see your party as being too liberal, where do you go for help? To a professor at UC Berkeley, that bastion of mainstream thought.

This is downright comical.

Comments

Well, the estate tax was labeled "the death tax" by Republicans who were interested in making sure those $1,000,000++ estates weren't taxed, when 95% of all estates left were well below that amount. Labeling it the death tax gave it an emotional appeal, because the 95% of folks who don't have more than $1,000,000 in assets don't think of what they leave behind as an "estate".

Labels make a difference. See the quotes I posted this morning on my blog for what Hubert Humphrey (although a Democrat and labeled a "liberal" in his time he was not exactly a moonbat) had to say about it: "In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be."

Just my $0.02, if an idea is really heinous, then people will oppose it no matter what it's called.

Posted by: Jack on December 7, 2004 12:27 PM

Yeah, the dems will find a way to turn anything into a tax.

Posted by: Cythen on December 7, 2004 01:50 PM

Victicrats are posterior orifices.

Posted by: horse with no on December 13, 2004 04:53 AM
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