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October 18, 2012

Language rehab needed for pols

Language rehab needed for pols

I wonder sometimes if most politicians need some time in language rehab. We see plenty of proof that politicians and political commentators have an ample vocabulary of derogatory names and slurs. Republicans and conservatives seem particularly well-versed in those types of remarks. 

The remedy might (should) require practice in several areas, now mostly ignored.

For a start, I suggest learning to work on (1) cooperation; (2) compromise; (3) compassion; (4) tolerance; and last but hardly least, (5) truth. This would just be a part of such a rehab program. 

Marginal note: I doubt I am the only one who dislikes the tendency of the media and others to refer to former office-holders by the titles they once held — President, Governor, or other.

It seems to give those people an authority they no longer have — if they ever did. 

William F. Roberts

Otego

Romney’s positions have changed

During the first presidential debate, Romney said: “I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans.”

True, Romney said he would sign a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut to everyone, and that the top bracket would come down from 35 percent to 28 percent.

That plan would give people who make as much as $3 million a year a quarter-of-a-million-dollar tax cut.

Without specific details, why should we believe that Romney isn’t going to blow up the deficit with another gigantic tax cut?

Romney also said: “But No. 1, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” True, his plan would cover pre-existing conditions, but not for people who don’t already have insurance. Romney’s campaign manager Eric Fehrnstromn came out afterwards to say that he didn’t mean to say that, because he only meant people who already had a policy.

Romney argued: “We’ve had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent. If I’m president, I will ... help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes.”

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