03 February 2010

Phrases that don't mean anything

I'm going to start keeping a list of all the things routeinly uttered in public life that are devoid of concrete meaning, phrases that are so plastic that they have become pretty ways for speakers to say "I don't like this."
  • "It's not fair."
  • "waste, fraud and abuse"
  • "special interests"
Proof of the latest comes from the Barackstar, who issued the following head scratcher of a paradox:
"We need to stand up to the special interests, bring Republicans and Democrats together, and pass the farm bill immediately," Barack Obama
All interests are special interests, not just the ones you disagree with.  Stop referring to "special interests" like they're some sort of universal boogeymen, at whose feet you can lay all your problems.

See also: Matt Welch — "How Obama Rid Washington of Special Interest Lobbyists, Except for All the Special Interest Lobbyists" and Jacob Sullum "'We Are Eliminating the Impact of Lobbyists,' Including the Ones Who Snuck in the Provisions I Supported"

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