Thursday, February 26, 2009

Conservative euphemism update

From the p3 Lame Excuse for Political Euphemism Watch [LE PEW] desk comes this latest item:

The conservative political lexicon has banished the phrase "economic recession" from Republican discourse. From now on, as explained by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) on C-SPAN today, prolonged periods of negative economic growth and high unemployment will be referred to as "just a part of freedom:"

I don’t think we can figure out how to outlaw recessions any more than we can outlaw tornadoes or outlaw hurricanes. […] Economic growth has never gone in one straight line up. It goes in a zigzag line. It’s a part of freedom.

"Freedom booms," if you will.

And here's a heads-up to the people of New Orleans: LE PEW forecasts that, instead of the needlessly alarmist term "hurricanes," conservatives will shortly begin using the phrase "the spirit of Louisiana".

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