‘New Structural Savings’ = The New Tax Hike

The attack on the English language by the political class reached new lows yesterday. The Prime Minister announced her intention to proceed with ‘investments’ in education reform and disability insurance. She called this ‘new structural spending’. It will be paid for with ‘new structural savings’.

An investment is capital you spend that generates a measurable return, hopefully a profit. In politics, an ‘investment’ is what you call spending other people’s money on things you want because you are morally superior. Plus, the return on a public policy ‘investment’ is hardly ever measurable, and therefore the people who made it are never accountable for a ‘bad’ investment.

To be sure, when you spend money on roads, bridges, or infrastructure, there’s a real benefit, even if it can’t be precisely measured. But in the Welfare State, anything that gets called an ‘investment’ is probably a handout to somebody disguised as being for ‘the greater good.’ We all know it happens. And we all know some public goods cost money without a measurable return. But yesterday’s trickery was impressive.

Take the use of the word ‘savings’. In reality, the government means it has to raise taxes because it refuses to cut spending in light of revenue forecasts that turned out to be naïve. On no planet we’ve ever lived on where dictionaries existed was a tax hike called ‘savings’. But ‘savings’ does confuse people about what you really mean, which is that you want to raise taxes to pay for something you like but don’t have any money for.

The possibilities of the universe are infinite, however. In some universe, it is not abuse of the language to call tax hikes ‘savings’. In that universe, it’s ‘fair’ to ask people to pay higher taxes because they can afford to, even if you spent money that wasn’t yours and you didn’t have in the first place. After all, other than racking up a large Federal debt future generations will have to pay off, you can’t very well tax people who don’t have money, can you?

Dan Denning
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slewie the pi-rat
well, yes, that equation is valid in that it shows the “effect” in terms of what are now “traditional” smokescreen-values [taxes]. and the words in this editorial speak volumes to the issue of accountability for risk-assessment and development of processes which actually serve a FUNCTION to the poor bastards thus “governed” which = ‘everybody’ now. but isn’t the NWO “template” for “bailing in” also implied? under this new-legendary crapola, banksters + pols and their goobermints have NO RISK(s). this would be WHY “accountability” is so pre-NWO? i think so. i “hear” it [the NWO template], but that does not necessarily… Read more »
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