Hats off to Harry

Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 11:44 AM

According to Rueters, in his Saturday radio address response to Bush, Democratic Senator Harry] Reid accused Republicans of using "doublespeak" to sell their agenda.

"When they wanted to let energy companies release more pollution into the air, they called it the 'Clear Skies Initiative,'" he said. "When they wanted to let loggers cut down more trees and weaken environmental laws, they called it the 'Healthy Forests Initiative.'

"My favorite Republican doublespeak is when they wanted to give tax breaks to their special interest friends even though it meant adding more than $50 billion to our deficit, they called their effort the 'Deficit Reduction Act,'" he said.

Well, you can probably add their commitment to ethics in government as another example of doublespeak indicating an intention the exact opposite of the announcement.