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Proposal Vocabulary

Proposal Vocabulary

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Published by Mark Hunter Mulvey
Article originally published on the now-defunct political website TheRebuttal.com in 2008.
Article originally published on the now-defunct political website TheRebuttal.com in 2008.

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Published by: Mark Hunter Mulvey on Jul 15, 2010
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Proposal Vocabulary
[originally published on TheRebuttal.com, 2008]
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“Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract.” - Thomas Babington Macaulay (English Historian, 1800-1859)“Wrest once the law to your authority; To do a great right, do a little wrong.” - William Shakespeare,
The Merchant of VeniceThe U.S. econ
omy has proven epic in its down
ward spiral - a dizzying freefall that hasinvestors gnawing at their fingernails ad nauseum and chewing through their stiff upper lips nightly. But it seems our leaders have passed the Shocked Phase and moved righton to Perception Control. I'm not referring to the bailout here, but rather how the nation'spolitical mind
s have chosen to
refer 
to
the bailout.According to the International Herald Tribune
, the preferred term for this frantic act of self-serving mercy is now "rescue."The proposal to rename was submitted by John McCain on Tuesday, September 30th,as he is no doubt aware of the negativity the term "bailout" has received amidst such,well, negative conditions. He humbly suggested, "Let's not call it a bailout. Let's call it arescue."I have a better idea John McCain:
Let's continue callin
g it a bailout
.
Leaving no political coin unflipped, Barack Obama then used the term "rescue" six timesin the moments following McCain's editorial markup. Not once was the term 'bailout'ever used.I have a suggestion Barack Obama:
Let's just continu
e calling it a bailout
.
I'm not altogether comfortable with our presidential candidates using Roget's Thesaurusto downplay the severity of a fiscal crisis. I don't think a synonym is what the Americanpeople had in mind when its government's brain trust said it would churn out a solution.The whole idea is actually preposterous, and a cheap, depressing effort to uselanguage as a tool to rebrand government intervention as a noble cause. It's just puttinglipstick on a pig. There, I said it.
 
This bailout proposal is not a heroic "rescue" mission, as such a mission would requirea complete lack of self-interest. The United States government has a lot at stake in thepresent state of Wall Street, which is why it is trying so dearly to save it. It would do wellto finally own up to this fact and proceed accordingly. There is no need to call thisanything other than a bailout - an admission of the flaws in the U.S. banking system,and the necessary government intervention to remedy the problem and stave off third-world status for a few more decades.Luckily, McCain has invited us into the discussion. He used the contraction "Let's,"which implies the collective "us." He wants "us" - the U.S. people - to join him in thisvocabulary shift f 
rom
bailout 
to
rescue
. Thank you for opening this debate to the public,Senator. Ho
wever, this citizen prefers
bailout 
.Back to work.

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