As Ronald Reagan might say, “There they go again!” This White House and Democrats in general are addicted to the Orwellian technique of avoiding reality and gaslighting the public using the technique represented by Ethics Alarms Rationalization #64, Yoo’s Rationalization, or “It Isn’t What It Is.”
Orwell’s Big Brother reveled in mottos like “War is Peace,” “Freedom is Slavery” and “Ignorance is Strength.” The Democratic way for some time now, and it is natural that the Biden Administration would employ it, is to deal with facts it doesn’t care for by denying them, altering unpleasant reality by offering an alternate one to the gullible public, or, as in the current case, just changing the meanings of words so things are too muddled and confusing for anyone to be sure what’s happening.
Democracy dies in befuddlement.
All my adult life, I have read that economists view two consecutive quarters in which the economy has contracted as signifying a recession. Well, you know…economists. Nonetheless, I have lived through a lot of them, and never before have I seen the unfortunate wretches caught “holding the bag” when this damning diagnosis attaches have the chutzpah to do what the Bidenites have. The Bureau of Economic Analysis is set to release the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) numbers this week, and they are widely expected to show those two consecutive quarters of economic decline. So what have the Democrats cooked up? A definition of “recession” that will allow them—they hope—to avoid the “R” word.
Late last week, the White House issued a bold document asserting that two straight quarters of negative GDP “is not the official definition of recession nor how economists evaluate the economy. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen—you know, that trustworthy expert who previously stated that inflation would be a fleeting problem—said yesterday that she would be “amazed” if the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which gets to decide whether a recession is official, were to declare that. This suggests to me that family members of key members of the bureau may be being held as hostage or money has changed hands, or something: the fix is in. Yellen also stated that we’re not in a recession, telling “Meet the Press,” now a full-time progressive propaganda machine,
“Even if that [GDP] number is negative, we are not in a recession now. And I would, you know, warn that we should be not characterizing that as a recession.”
This is how the party rolls now. “It isn’t what it is” if it makes Joe and the Gang look incompetent, or if “it” shows that Democratic delusions and schemes aren’t working. This has been a theme during the whole Biden administration so far. Spiking gas prices have always been regarded as bad, but the Secretary of Transportation pronounced them good last week, because they would force people to buy electric cars. Inflation has always been seen as at least partly triggered by profligate spending (and rising fuel prices), but the Biden flacks keep blaming our inflation on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine…though inflation had started skyrocketing well before Russia attacked. Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security, as photos, accounts and statistics show a Southern boarder that is as porous as a sieve, pronounced that same boarder “secure.” The Supreme Court finally issued the complex ruling returning abortion policy to the public and state governments after an earlier SCOTUS had changed the law by edict, and Democrats have attacked the Dobbs decision as “undemocratic.” House Democrats are running an unprecedented single party show trial on the Hill with no defense or due process, designed to influence future elections, and claiming that the rigged exercise is a desperate attempt to “save democracy.” In that kangaroo court, a single day, disorganized riot by middle-aged wackos wearing funny hats and carrying pathetic “weapons” like sticks and bear spray are said to have been engaged in a serious attempt to take over the government.
In more arcane matters, Democrats, even their latest Supreme Court Justice, have suddenly decided to re-define the term “woman” out of existence, because defining a woman as has been understood for centuries undermines the most radical claims of their transsexual constituency.
All of this is, as you probably know, an incomplete list, but it should be long enough to make the point.
This is what totalitarians do. The similarity to Orwell’s world of 1984 is no accident. The administration’s policies have failed disastrously because they are based on really bad progressive magical thinking. When this happens, unethical, undemocratic-minded governments that have no respect for their citizens or alliance to the truth, do things like changing definitions, banning words and throwing up smoke, dust and more noxious substances. Then they wait for their captive propaganda organs to defend their actions.
Here’s the Washington Post huminahumina-ing that the conveniently altered definition is just “pre-emptive pushback,” stating that while “it’s rare for there to be two consecutive quarters of negative GDP without a recession”— the only time on record appears to have been 1947—it still doesn’t mean that we’re in a recession now. Newsweek helps out with a “factcheck” that tries everything, hoping something might stick. Trump’s White House website was deceptive too, it reminds us. There are good reasons for a government to withhold recession calls! Adversaries often claim one prematurely! Global influences beyond the reach of domestic governments might be at fault! Fears of a recession can be “kicked around to denigrate a political rival.”
Smoke in your eyes yet?
Actually, the White House is, in its desperation and cynicism, doing us a favor. This obfuscation exercise isn’t going to work, but it is a wonderful way to show American exactly who today’s Democrats are.
For that, thanks!