01 June 2010

Our leaders used to mask their malfeasance and ineptitude behind closed doors and thick cigar smoke

Now they just hide it behind ten thousand other pages of legislative language.

At least the cigar smoke smelled delicious.
Legal Insurrection | "Little-Noticed" is the New "Unexpected"

"Unexpected" has become the term of choice for the mainstream media to excuse the Obama administration's economic failures.

Yesterday I read an article in The NY Times about something unexpected in Obamacare, and one term jumped out at me (emphasis mine):
About one-third of employers subject to major requirements of the new health care law may face tax penalties because they offer health insurance that could be considered unaffordable to some employees, a new study says.... It suggests that a little-noticed provision of the law could affect far more employers than Congress had assumed.
That term, "little-noticed," sure sounded familiar. It seems that we hear that term a lot.

I didn't intend on this post being so long, but the examples are so numerous:
What follows is a list of 20 provisions labeled by the media as "little noticed." Maybe if they weren't so gung-ho about helping to pass this beast, and maybe if politicians actually read the laws they wrote, and maybe if commentators and reporters bothered to do the same, and maybe if Democratic legislators weren't in such a headlong rush to crap out this monstrously massive piece of legislation reshaping a sixth of the national economy in the name of political expediency and their own electoral fortunes, we wouldn't be discovering all these "little noticed" provisions like land mines in a goddamned playground.

(via TJIC)

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