07 Dec Pensions and Health Insurance for the Elderly Are Not Just ‘Entitlements’
Words are contested terrain in political debate. The words we use to label issues and ideas shape how people think about them.
Abortion advocates identify themselves as “Pro-Choice.” Opponents prefer to be seen as “Pro-Life” rather than as “anti-Abortion.” People who support immigration reform refer to “undocumented immigrants. People who want greater restrictions on entry into the United States complain about “illegal aliens.”
One of the problems in discussion over the current economic crisis in the United States is that conservative, pro-business, and pro-wealthy Republicans are getting to define the terms of the debate. They have the more “sexy” phrases that the media loves to promote. They want action to cut the national debt, reduce the tax burden, avoid the fiscal cliff, and to restrict “entitlements” for the elderly and poor. For them the smaller the government, except maybe when it comes to military spending and subsidies to industry, the better it is.