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Reality and Mitch McConnell’s Orwellian Speak

1-george-orwell-6-e1376600911912Haven’t heard of Orwellian language or Orwellian Speak before? It harks back to George Orwell’s (author of 1984) 1946 article titled “Politics and the English Language.”  The article discusses how political words were used “in a consciously dishonest way” for that user’s private definition. (Remember the “Blue Sky” legislation during Bush II’s administration that actually cut environmental protection efforts for air quality?)

We’re seeing that with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who with a whopping 2 days under his belt as leader is trying to rewrite recent history. The last time his party had control and left office, they handed the incoming administration an economy about to collapse into something worse than the Great Depression. That was prevented by strong action by the Democratic Congress and President Obama.  There were still major efforts needed to right the ship after the damage done during the Bush years (2 unfunded wars, major tax cuts for the wealthy).

Here’s what we’ve seen happen under President Obama. Our country has had:

  • 57 straight months of private sector job growth adding nearly 11 million jobs
  • an amazing 3rd quarter, 2014 GDP increase of 5%
  • gas prices heading to their lowest levels in 11 years, saving the average American family $550 this year
  • November, 2014, had the highest single-month job growth in 3 years
  • the lowest unemployment rate since 2008 — before Pres. Obama took office

So much for Speaker McConnell’s statement that “the uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration.”

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