The left understands clearly that if you control language you control the masses, and that is precisely what they endeavor to do in politics today — with a hearty assist from their allies in the media.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the reaction to the U.S. being in a recession. When not outright denying that we are not in a recession, the White House is busy trying to redefine what a recession is, but Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was even more creative than that.
The woman who downplayed inflation, suggesting last year that is was “transitory,” had this to say about the U.S. gross domestic product shrinking for the second consecutive quarter: “We’ve entered a new phase in our recovery.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen: “We’ve entered a new phase in our recovery.” pic.twitter.com/tC2Ixl8NyG
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) July 28, 2022
Somewhat ironically, The Hill reported that while this is the very definition of a recession, the Biden White House plays by it’s own set of rules.
The political news site noted: “Two straight quarters of negative economic growth have long been used as a rule of thumb to determine when the U.S. is in recession and is the formal threshold for a recession in other countries. But economists in the U.S. consider a broader range of data when determining if the U.S. is in recession.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was only to eager to help Yellen identity this new “phase.”
The recession phase. https://t.co/hBZO7ohRdU
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) July 28, 2022
Of course, Yellen has no problem admitting that she was wrong — after all, there are no consequences for this administration.
When asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer back in May if her being wrong about inflation early on contributed to the 40-year high inflation we are experiencing, she replied: “Well, look, I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take. As I mentioned, there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that have boosted energy and food prices and supply bottlenecks that have affected our economy badly that I didn’t — at the time didn’t fully understand. But we recognize that now.”
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the administration propaganda from Twitter, suggesting that sometimes all you can do is laugh:
Captain of the Titanic, after colliding with the iceberg: “We’ve entered a new phase in our voyage.” https://t.co/owUYpiP35Y
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) July 28, 2022
Isn’t this what you tell your spouse when divorcing;
We’ve entered a new phase in our marriage. https://t.co/PvNWw2EZto
— Alain41 (@CestAlain) July 28, 2022
our recovery is undergoing a strategic retreat
our plan is to circle around the economy from the back, declare bankruptcy and take it by surprise https://t.co/ZjToVwyXNu
— Daniel Greenfield – “Hang Together or Separately” (@Sultanknish) July 28, 2022
Lmao she sounds like a hospice nurse. “We’ve entered a new phase of your recovery. We are just going to try to make you comfortable now” https://t.co/rk6y8hjN7P
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) July 28, 2022
Words mean things except if you are in some Orwellian nightmare. https://t.co/HaI0YHFtab
— Jodi 🇺🇸 (@APLMom) July 28, 2022
She admitted just weeks ago she got inflation wrong. Why does she still have a Job??https://t.co/Ou9akydqxP
— Michael (@Foreplay_Ladies) July 28, 2022
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