More “Progressive” Wordplay

Our friend and coblogger, Joe, has written at some length about how language is used by the left to twist the meaning of terms so much as to make them mean anything while being virtually meaningless. I noticed a recent example on Wednesday when this notice was published by the Department of Labor:

US Department of Labor provides grant supplement to assist with continued health insurance payments for jobless workers

Jobless workers? The term is immediately in conflict with itself, it is an oxymoron. How can a person without a job be classified as a “worker”? These people are simply unemployed and the term is used to disguise yet another federal handout:

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $1,058,254 National Emergency Grant supplement to provide qualified jobless workers with partial premium payments for health insurance coverage and to expand the number of states and people served.

“It is difficult enough to find new employment, let alone do so without health insurance for you or your family,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “This funding will help eligible workers avoid that prospect by helping them pay for health insurance while they seek new jobs.”

And apparently this wasn’t the first time:

A National Emergency Grant in the amount of $2,422,473 was awarded to the state of Maryland on Nov. 30, 2009, to serve about 1,890 participants in Alabama, Maryland, Mississippi and South Carolina who were eligible to enroll in the HCTC program. Today’s supplemental award of $1,058,254 brings the total funding awarded for this project to $3,480,727, and will bring the total number of people to be served under this grant to about 2,340.

Notice the efficient use of taxpayer money – for a mere $3.5 million dollars, 2,340 people were “served”…since 2009. That is pretty small solace when there are roughly 12 million people unemployed in the US…and who do we have to thank for that?

Why it was the evil Booooosh.

You remember the evil Booooosh, of course. He is the one who only cares about the rich…he was not caring about the poor and jobless in 2002 when this was initially passed. I will note that I am against this type of government expansionism whether Republican or Democrat, I just note this for the people who will say that this program is an example of how the Obama Administration “cares”.

And do you know what the innocuous sounding “HCTC programs” are?

Health Care Tax Credits. According to the IRS website:

The Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) pays 72.5% of qualified health insurance premiums for eligible individuals and their families. The HCTC is a unique tax credit administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that individuals can receive either monthly as their health plan premium becomes due, or yearly as a credit on their federal tax return. The following individuals are candidates for the tax credit:

  1. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) payees who are at least 55 years old,
  2. Individuals receiving a Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and attending TAA-approved training, and
  3. Individuals receiving a wage subsidy under the Alternative TAA (ATAA)/Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) program for older workers

So it is really an extension of redistribution to people who already receive aid from the federal government under one of three other programs.

I invite you to go to the website and try to navigate what all the TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) mean and where they take you. It is a circular maze or programs and definitions that only a bureaucrat could love.

But the point being that I would not have known about this redistribution of wealth had I not been curious about the oxymoronic term “jobless workers”.

How much more is hidden behind terms like this and the TLAs that government loves so well? Just how deep have the roots of a centrally planned socialist state penetrated?

Frédéric Bastiat was devastatingly accurate in his 1848 definition of government:

“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

2 thoughts on “More “Progressive” Wordplay

  1. I’m continuously amazed that my husband and I aren’t getting any money from the government since it seems everyone else in the country seems to be “on the dole.”
    When I was young I was taught that government is on the expense side of the ledger and must be kept to a minimum. What happened to that idea?

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