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Monday, January 25th, 2010

by Gary Galles | Malibu

Whenever political correctness Discount Elavil, fades from the headlines, another example pops up.  The latest installment comes from Washington State Senate President pro tem Rosa Franklin.  She has proposed replacing 54 references to "at risk" or "disadvantaged" children in state law with the term "at hope," so negative labels won't undermine their ability to succeed.

Such encouraging re-labeling simply substitutes one euphemism for another, abandoning even the hope of clarity.  It tries to eliminate language that might hurt anyone's feelings, 20mg Elavil, because as Diane Ravitch put it, Elavil overseas, "advocates for social change have set their sights on controlling reality by changing the way in which it is presented."

Nothing PC is allowed to be negative. Anything that could be construed as evaluative or judgmental must come across as positive. What cannot be made to appear good in other ways must be achieved through verbal contortions, Elavil mexico, trading in words with clear meanings for phrases that enmesh us in ambiguity, Elavil canada, hindering understanding and useful communication.  In fact, even traditional children's alphabet books would fail "at hope" standards.

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We could turn slobs into people who are Organizationally Overburdened, 500mg Elavil, and replace good-looking people (a term which injures the psyches of those who don't think the term extends to them) with those who are Perceptionally Preferenced. Discount Elavil, Complainers can rise to being Quintessentially Querulous, bad dancers to being Rhythmically Repressed, and poor dressers to being Sartorially Stressed. Elavil uk, Being old can be transformed into being Temporally Troubled, "lazy bums" to those who are Ubiquitously Underutilized, and those who can't hold a job can become Vocationally Variable, 150mg Elavil.

W-Z could be left undecided, Elavil japan, to avoid hurting anyone's ego with the implication that they couldn't help society with their own contributions. But with this approach, we could all be at hope to pass PC muster, Elavil india. Unfortunately, 30mg Elavil, at first, none of us will know what anyone else is saying. And when we do figure out the latest replacements for hurtful expressions mean, Elavil us, people will get just as upset as they did before. Then we'll have to change them all over again, and still more convoluted vocabulary will be necessary. CRO

copyright 2010 Gary Galles

Mr. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University..

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SCHIP Ante Is Too High

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

by Gary Galles | Malibu
Twice, Congress has passed a State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion that was vetoed by George Bush.  Now, with a new President who will sign it, House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Henry Waxman said “We want to get this to the President as quickly as possible; therefore we’re going [...]

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Unity and Federalism

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

by Gary Galles | Malibu
After a bitter and divisive election, Democrats have regained the presidency and widened their control of Congress. Now they are making the usual political victors’ calls for unity. But unfortunately, Americans’ often diametrically opposed preferences for what they want government to do guarantees disunity under our current approach to [...]

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Fairness Foolishness

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

by Gary Galles | Malibu
The prospect that Democratic dominance could reinstate the fairness doctrine were heightened by Senator Jeff Bingaman’s recent public support, given that many of his party’s leaders have endorsed the idea. Even Barack Obama’s attempt to mollify concerns fell far short of promising to veto such legislation, while advocating alternatives that [...]

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Consider McCain’s middle name, not Obama’s

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

by Gary Galles | Malibu

In this year’s presidential campaign, some have used Barack Obama’s middle name—Hussein—to fan fears. But if we are looking to names for guidance, John McCain’s middle name—Sydney—would be better.

The reason is that Algernon Sydney, put to death for treason 325 years ago for insisting that the British king was not [...]

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Reconsidering Why We Should Vote

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

by Gary Galles | Malibu
As election day nears, America’s quadrennial get-out-the-vote frenzy is trying to browbeat voters into exercising their franchise. Unfortunately, the arguments used reflect seriously flawed logic.

“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice in government.” This is one of many arguments based on the premise that your vote will [...]

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Seeking Marginal Politicians

Friday, October 17th, 2008

by Gary Galles | Malibu

The word marginal sometimes means “barely adequate, if that.” Americans don’t lack marginal politicians in that sense. But marginal also means focusing on the actual trade-offs involved (typically not all-or-nothing, but somewhat more of one thing and somewhat less of another) in changes from the current situation. [...]

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Time to Listen to the Father of the Constitution

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

by Gary Galles | Malibu
September 17 is Constitution Day, marking the 1787 date when delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed their handiwork. This momentous day deserves to be widely celebrated, particularly to commemorate the contributions of James Madison, “the father of the Constitution,” for no one had a greater role in its construction and [...]

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