George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four (1984) should be required reading for every citizen of the United States. The language the elite used in his book to make evil sound good and good sound evil was called “newspeak.” Today, the news media, military-industrial complex, think tanks, financial industry and government are collaborating to squeeze more dollars out of the classes below the rich. The financial elite are working overtime using every ploy possible to hoodwink the average American using trickery only the most unscrupulous of people would use to lie to, cheat, and destroy decent law-abiding citizens. Language is one of their most powerful weapons.
There was a time when taxes (ugh) were called taxes. Most of us don’t like too many taxes but we know a certain amount is needful. Taxes are like vaccination shots, a few for the right things help prolong life. But too many of them will kill you! But today, taxes are no longer taxes, they are “revenues.” So when we vote against more taxes, we are withholding “revenues” from “our” government which they need to pay “our” bills. So we look like bad guys when we don’t support raising taxes. This is Democratic Party double-speak. What is double-speak?
Webster’s dictionary defines doublespeak with these words: evasive, ambiguous, high-flown language intended to deceive or confuse. In his best selling book Doublespeak, William Lutz gives us some keys to catch doublespeak:
pretends to communicate
makes the bad seem good
avoids or shifts responsibility
makes the negative appear positive
creates a false verbal map of the world
limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought
makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable
creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said
Today, much of our killing apparatus has been privatized. Has privatizing killing people overseas to “protect” our interests and “way of living” been cost effective? No, it has not. These private companies shooting up third world countries for their oil and natural resources are literally making a “killing” stealing not only from the countries in which they operate, but making a “killing” off the average American tax–payer. The rich corporate heads and upper management of companies like Halliburton, Blackwater, General Dynamics, Bechtel, etc. live in lavish wealth, while the average American soldier wounded in battle has to fight tooth and nail to have his medical needs taken care of. After they destroy the infrastructures of these countries, these soulless corporations hire themselves back to rebuild what they blew up. And the average American citizen just goes along with the program, waves their flag and says, “God bless American.” Why does the average American not know what’s really going on? Because the media is in same bed with the corporations that control the government.
The Republicans have wanted to privatize just about everything including Social Security, one of the biggest “entitlements” that wall street thieving bankers have been wanting to get their hands on for quite some time. Social Security is the last BIG chunk of our money that the financial thieves of Wall Street would love to legally steal.
You and your employer sent 15 percent of your income before taxes to the Social Security Department. Another person did some calculations regarding social security. Understand, dear reader, it is YOUR money, not some bureaucrat’s or politician’s. He writes:
“If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working (that was me) you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
“The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.
“Entitlement my butt, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!! Congressional benefits, aka. free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that’s welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement, entitlements?!
“We’re “broke” and can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.! End quote.
Our government sends over 3 billion dollars in aid to one of the wealthiest countries in the world (Israel) and sends several more billion dollars to countries like Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan as bribes because of our aid to Israel. And our congress and President wants the poor and shrinking middle class to pay for it. During this recession, while the poor got poorer, the rich got much richer. And there are no signs this direction of dollars is going to change — not unless the poor and middle class understands what is really going on. The mainstream media isn’t going to tell you what’s really going on — they sleep in the same bed with the corpocrats. Wake up, tax-payer!