Saturday, December 16, 2017

White House word ban

Passed along in email:
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
Gob-smacked barely begins to cover the reaction that might greet such a dictum. Joseph Goebbels is no doubt salivating in his grave. George Orwell has been out-flanked. And George Carlin's once-humorous "shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits" as the seven dirty words you couldn't say on television is thrust into the shade.

You couldn't make this shit up.

And this is the administration colluding in the creation of a tax plan -- more money for the wealthy -- that is, to my mind, the stalking horse for reductions in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Relativity comes to mind. There's "fucked." There's "fucked-er." And there's "fucked-est."

Wubba, wubba ... Merry Christmas.


  1. If this doesn't spark outrage, well, it will feel hopeless.

  2. olcharlie, reactions vary. I haven’t found a single person who thinks the Trump / Republican Tax Plan will help them. But then I don’t know any corporate board members or Uber wealthy folks.

    It seems to me that only a few people available themselves of the ability to contact their representatives. I have one friend who is so riled by the Tax Plan she made a chart and has checked off more than half of her 536 phone calls to the President, every Senator,a nd every Representative.

    I have only made the calls and sent emails to my local reps.

    From prior experience, these reps give individual communication less attention than communications from large blocks of people.

    Deductive reasoning and my instincts says they pay even more attention to large donors.

    Our current predicament means the Herculean task of “guaranteeing” the SOB’s who vote for things that do not benefi us - Tax Deform, cutting Social Security, not attending to the environment, etc. - that their future politcal careers will be terminated in the next election.

  3. Continuing on the related topic of feeling screwed over at every turn by Trump & Friends, I just finished reading an article in The Atlantic entitled The Power of Negative Thinking

    “Forget about hoping for the best. Instead, focus on preparing for the worst.”

    I can’t really argue with that.

  4. In a Laurens van der Post book, Mopani Theron said that by preparing for the worst provides the best a chance.