September 12, 2011
WORD OF THE DAY
1. a quibble over trifles or unimportant matters
2. the act of carrying on a petty, shifty, or unethical law business
3. the practice of chicanery of any sort
What is there to say about Barack Obama’s speech to Congress Thursday night and the so-called American Jobs Act he said Congress must pass? Several thoughts occur, all starting with P.
…Pettifoggery[:] Obama impressed many conservative writers in 2008 with his ability to state their positions in fair terms–which led some to think that surely he must agree with them. But he seems to have lost this knack.
Conservatives, according to this speech, want to “wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades” and “simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations.”
“Most” means more than 50 percent. Does the White House have documentation for the claim that Republicans want to cut government spending by more than 50 percent? And what “basic protections” do they want to “wipe out”?
(Washington Examiner, Obama Buys the Drinks the Other Guys Paid For)
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