A blunt, accurate assessment of Democratic foolishness from a retired GOP staffer

Yesterday I mentioned an article by recently retired Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren explaining his disappointment (to put in mildly) with the direction his party has taken.

He also offers a number of criticisms of Democrats with which I largely agree. In particular, he gives the Democrats hell for remarkable political incompetence, writing:

[...] Above all, they [the Democrats] do not understand language. Their initiatives are posed in impenetrable policy-speak: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The what? -- can anyone even remember it? No wonder the pejorative "Obamacare" won out. Contrast that with the Republicans' Patriot Act. You're a patriot, aren't you? Does anyone at the GED level have a clue what a Stimulus Bill is supposed to be? Why didn't the White House call it the Jobs Bill and keep pounding on that theme?

You know that Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy when even Democrats refer to them as entitlements. "Entitlement" has a negative sound in colloquial English: somebody who is "entitled" selfishly claims something he doesn't really deserve. Why not call them "earned benefits," which is what they are because we all contribute payroll taxes to fund them? That would never occur to the Democrats. Republicans don't make that mistake; they are relentlessly on message: it is never the "estate tax," it is the "death tax." Heaven forbid that the Walton family should give up one penny of its $86-billion fortune. [...]

Again, the whole article is worth reading.

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