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October 18, 2013

Lobbyists may adopt Newspeak name, but they're still lobbyists

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If only. It took just a couple of years for me to hear one school child tell another, in a derisive tone, that a classmate who was unable to understand the subjects they were learning was “special needs.” New label – same old perception.

It goes on and on, unfortunately. Does anybody really think that calling someone a senior citizen makes everybody think they aren’t old? What do you think when you hear the phrase, “a woman’s right to choose”? I can tell you what you don’t think. You don’t think of her right to choose to carry a handgun, or to choose to send her child to a charter school. You think of one thing – abortion – because that is what it means.

Those on the left refer to “patriotic millionaires” when what they mean is simply wealthy people who support higher taxes. The obvious implication is that those who dissent on this issue are not patriotic. Remember when those on the left called dissent, “the highest form of patriotism”? Meanwhile, those on the right want us to think that every wealthy person is a “job creator.”

It would be refreshing if those who keep trying to cloak what they mean with a misleading label would work to change those alleged “misconceptions” by changing their own behavior.

If lobbying really is an honorable profession, then make sure everybody knows it by being completely transparent and honorable about your activities.

If lobbyists are simply trying to “educate” members of Congress about the consequences of pending legislation, and there is no money – indirect or otherwise – involved, then their slimy reputation will eventually improve.

Changing their name won’t do it.

Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net

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