Orwell 101: the GOP tries out some new words to adjust for ‘language errors’

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Think Progress: “On Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivered a speech that sought to “rebrand” the GOP as a party that can advance legislation that would improve the lives of the “most vulnerable” Americans…. But a closer look behind Cantor’s policy proposals reveals that House Republicans are still more interested in sounding compassionate than ensuring economic advancement for middle and lower income voters.”

Here are 8 reasons why the new rebranded GOP is just the old GOP (but with new words!):

1. SCHOOL FUNDING
2. HIGHER EDUCATION
3. WORKING MOTHERS
4. TAX REFORM
5. IMMIGRATION
6. OBAMACARE
7. MEDICARE
8. MEDICAID 

Read Cantor’s spiffy, new ‘rebranded’ version of GOP policy on the issues above, vs. the same, old, unchanging reality of their policy here.

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Charlie Pierce hilariously takes apart Cantor’s psyops, comparing it to “Let me tell you about the benefits to your family of fine vinyl siding.” or “Has anyone spoken to you recently about a reverse mortgage?”

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Frank Rich“The party is what it is. This idea that it’s something else is a fantasy and they’re going to have to get real about it and face the party they have and change it from within, not with stunts involving spending money on advertising.”

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WATCH JON STEWART discuss the rebranding effort currently underway on Fox ‘news.’

Raw Story:  Conservative strategist Frank Luntz, for instance, has called on Republican candidates to “adjust” their “language errors.” [...]  

Luntz said Republicans should stop using the phrase “smaller government” and instead advocate “more effective and efficient government” because voters don’t care about the size of government.

“If you say you want smaller government, the electorate rejects it,” Stewart elaborated. “But if you say you want the government to function more efficiently, the electorate likes it, even though that’s clearly not what you believe.”

Luntz even suggested that instead of talking about controlling or cutting Social Security and Medicare, Republican should talk about saving and strengthening the popular government programs. Though Stewart, amazed at Luntz’s audacity, noted that strengthening Social Security and Medicare was the opposite of what Republicans were proposing.

“Save and strengthen does sound better than the Republican’s actual plan for entitlements, which would cut them, which sounds shitty,” he remarked.

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