Campbell (R-Irvine) is a California State Senator representing
the 35th District
in Orange County. He represents the cities of Newport
Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach
and Cypress. He can be reached through his Senate website
and through the website
for his California Senate campaign. [go to Campbell index]
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'Bipartisanship,' 'spending cuts,' 'close
[John Campbell] 2/9/05
I travel to a foreign country where the language spoken is
something other than English, I try to learn a few words to
make it easier to get around. During the four years I have
served in the liberal-dominated California Legislature, I have
often felt like I was in a foreign country, particularly coming
from Orange County. They may speak English up there, but it
is a dialect that has taken me several years to understand.
You see, the words and phrases that liberals use do not always
mean the same things to them that they mean to you and I.
have picked up on a few key phrases in liberal-speak. And since "red" Orange
County is still part of a "blue" state, down here we hear a
lot of liberal speak.
for your edification is a brief glossary of some of the most
commonly used liberal terms:
tax loopholes" means "raise taxes." This is one
of the newest but most used liberal terms. Their ideology
requires that they continually raise taxes on everyone, but
they know this is not popular. So they now use the "loopholes" term
instead. But their list has included such "loopholes" as
the mortgage interest deduction, the dependent tax credit
and the fact that you don't pay sales tax on your dry cleaning.
cut" means "any increase in spending that is less
than we think it should be." For example, Gov. Schwarzenegger's
proposed budget increases spending by 4.2 percent but has
been attacked by Democrats as being a "devastating cut."
"Bipartisanship" means "Republicans
voting to do whatever Democrats want." Democrats have
been in charge in Sacramento for so long (they have controlled
the California Senate for 48 of the last 50 years) that the
skill of compromise seems to have evolved out of them due
to a lack of need the way that prehistoric animals lost their
fins after the Ice Age. They call for bills on raising taxes
and driver's licenses for illegal aliens as actions of bipartisanship.
How about bipartisan action on real spending reductions and
real immigration reform?
will help our kids" means "more taxpayer money for
the teachers union bosses." The teachers union is a labor
organization. Like nearly all unions, its objective is to
get more members, protect its least competent members and
get more money for those and other members. Democrats slavishly
follow their lead, but disguise their objective as being
for kids. Giving more money to the union won't help kids.
Reforming the system will. And the teachers union doesn't
want that. (Related variation: "Helping the poor" usually
means "increasing the bureaucracy that works with the
poor." How else can you explain that after years of pouring
more money into the welfare system without improving the
poverty rate, they want to pour more money into the same
the uninsured" means "socialized health care." They
know that people want to be insured but don't want the DMV
to provide their health care. Nevertheless, all Democratic
proposals are partial or complete steps toward the sort of
government-run mandatory systems that are failing all over
big business" means "stop jobs." Liberals have
yet to understand the connection between business and jobs.
Employees do not exist without employers. When they hurt
one, they hurt the other. And most of their anti-big business
proposals actually hurt small business more because small
business cannot afford to hire the lawyers and HR departments
necessary to comply with all the regulation. But jobs and
small business are popular and big business is not, so they
have to change the terms. Of course, their solution after
they drive away all the private sector jobs will be to raise
taxes further to fund more public sector jobs. Except that
there will be no one left to pay them.
You may want
to cut this out and post it near wherever you read the morning
newspaper or listen to the evening news for an immediate translation.
Until then, I bid you farewell, or, as a liberal might say, "Until
we tax you again." CRO
This piece first appeared in the Orange County Register