How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street
The Republican Governor’s Association met this week in Florida to give GOP state executives a chance to rejuvenate, strategize and team-build. But during a plenary session on Wednesday, one question kept coming up: How can Republicans do a better job of talking about Occupy Wall Street?
1. Don’t say ‘capitalism.’
2. Don’t say that the government ‘taxes the rich.’ Instead, tell them that the government ‘takes from the rich.’
3. Republicans should forget about winning the battle over the ‘middle class.’ Call them ‘hardworking taxpayers.
4. Don’t talk about ‘jobs.’ Talk about ‘careers.’
5. Don’t say ‘government spending.’ Call it ‘waste.’
6. Don’t ever say you’re willing to ‘compromise.’
7. The three most important words you can say to an Occupier: ‘I get it.’
8. Out: ‘Entrepreneur.’ In: ‘Job creator.’
9. Don’t ever ask anyone you want them to ‘sacrifice.’
10. Always blame Washington.
Please click over to Yahoo! to read this article. And throughout the course of the year, I suggest revisiting it to see how Republicans follow through. Great lesson in messaging.
Click through to see the embarrassing reasonings for each of the above. It’s well worth it if for no reason than to understand the sheer amount of contempt and derision that the GOP has for the 99%. Because as we all know, the problem here – the underlying problem that Occupy Wall Street is fighting against – is one of verbiage.
The entire article is simply a way to avoid dealing with issues, in order to pretend to care. In fact, the concept of “pretend to care” is actually encouraged under #7 where it says “then offer Republican solutions.” And when that fails, they recommend outright lying: “Tell them…it’s the policies over the past few years that have created this problem.”
Every single point here is a matter of providing lipservice to avoid actual discussion. The Republican solution to Occupy Wall Street is very simply: “Avoid discussing it at all costs, and when forced into it, pretend to care.” Every. Single. Point. Is. A. Bullshit. Dodge.
Apparently the new GOP slogan is “If you can’t beat ‘em, make sure that you change the conversation so you never have to acknowledge the issues.”
#4 is a damn insightful point, regardless of the nasty intent. We could all learn from that. Jobs were never the dream.
And @tedr, cheer up.
““Avoid discussing it at all costs, and when forced into it, pretend to care.” Every. Single. Point. Is. A. Bullshit. Dodge.”