Many Americans are no doubt confused by some of the terminology used by the president in recent weeks as he has given speeches before a joint session of Congress and the United Nations, conducted a variety of television interviews and introduced new policy proposals. As a public service, we are providing a glossary of these terms with their real meanings:
Lets be clear.
ACORN – who? Never heard of them. (For related definition of Defunding – “holding a show vote on an amendment to eliminate funding, then bottling up the bill” – see the Congressional Glossary.)
Action (as in “now is the time for action”) – big government.
Balanced and sustained (as in “chart a course for growth that is balanced and sustained”) – involving more big government.
Choice – the opportunity to select big government.
Competition – we choose who wins.
Compromise – accepting my position after I give a big speech.
Cost savings – $900 billion in new spending.
Create or save (as in “create or save 4 million jobs”) – destroy or lose, as in 2 million jobs.
Engagement – a combination of unilateral concessions and America-bashing abroad.
Fact (as in, “these are the facts” or “to state a fact”) – my opinion.
Honest debate – agreeing with me.
Incorporate (as in “incorporate ideas from Republicans”) – include in the early stages of a proposal and then have Pelosi and Reid drop like a hot potato behind closed doors in the final version.
Irresponsible (as in “irresponsible behavior”) – constitutionally protected.
Misinformation – facts, when presented by our opponents.
Neutrality (as in “net neutrality”) – favoring one side in a dispute, especially when that side has supported your campaign and provided a senior White House staff member.
Necessary (as in “necessary war”) – not really that necessary, at least when it comes to backing up your words with required manpower and funding and standing up to your liberal base.
Negotiations without preconditions – the position I took vis-à-vis our enemies during the campaign, then denied taking, but am now trying to force on the Israelis.
Nobody (as in “nobody disputes [these facts]”) – no liberals or members of the mainstream media.
Non-profit (as in proposals to establish tax-favored, non-profit status for failing newspapers) – making official a condition that has existed unofficially for years.
Nothing (as in “nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have”) – everything.
Plan (as in, “the [health-care] plan I am announcing tonight”) – a really good speech.
Respect (as in, “respects the rights of the Israelis and Palestinians” or “the Iranians and North Koreans”) – overrun (Israelis) or elevate beyond reason with no expectation of reciprocity (everyone else).
Responsibility (as in the “responsibility” to buy health insurance or America’s “responsibility” to confront global warming) – big government telling people or nations things they have to do. (See “Action” above.)
Scare tactics – see “Misinformation” above.
Security (as in “stability and security” in health care or “true security for all Israelis”) – you’re toast.
Stand by our friends – desert our friends in order to “engage” with our enemies. (See “Engagement” above.)
Tax – certainly not the fine that goes along with the individual mandate. No matter what that little #&%@! Stephanopoulos or Webster’s say.