Dems’ Deceptive Legislation Name Game

Posted on Mon 08/22/2022 by


By Thomas Gallatin ~

Democrats have a long history of lying to the American people via their dubiously named pieces of legislation.

What’s in a name? Well, when it comes from Democrat lawmakers, the answer would be everything, or nothing. Everything in that the names Democrats affix to their significant pieces of legislation are designed to sell them to the American people, and nothing when it comes to what’s actually in these bills related to the name.

Like a slick, fast-talking used car salesman, Democrats name their bills in order to deceive rather than inform the American public as to what their legislation actually does. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act is just the latest example, albeit one of the more egregious, of the Democrats’ name game.

The bill is essentially a slimmed-down version of Joe Biden’s Build Back Better tax-and-spend boondoggle. That bill failed to pass, so what did the Democrats do? They cut some of the spending out of it, slapped a new name on it, and insisted, despite analysis from the Congressional Budge Office finding a “negligible” impact on inflation, that it would reduce the current 40-year-high inflation rate.

Well, now that the bill has been signed into law by Joe Biden, Democrats like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin are tacitly admitting the obvious — the bill really won’t reduce inflation. “Well, immediately it’s not” going to reduce inflation, Manchin conceded when asked about the name and supposed purpose of the legislation. He then equivocated, “We’ve never [said] anything would happen immediately, like turn the switch on and off.”

Uh, Joe, the bill’s name basically makes that claim.

As noted above, this disingenuous naming of legislation is nothing new for Democrats. Think of the grossly misnamed Affordable Care Act that has done nothing but increase the price of healthcare and health insurance. There’s the $1.9 trillion spending boondoggle known as the American Rescue Plan, Biden’s first big bill passed in 2021 and the one responsible for putting the country into this current sky-high inflation mess. The only reason inflation needs reducing is that Democrats spent a bunch of money last year. Spending a bunch more this year is hardly the solution. Another recent example is the Respect for Marriage Act, which utterly destroys the historical definition of marriage. Some “respect.”

We could go on, but what makes this practice of deceitfully naming legislation all the more insidious is that while the Democrats and their cohorts in the Leftmedia and Big Tech are wringing their hands over the problem of “misinformation,” they drop some of the biggest misinformation bombs on the American people — at taxpayers’ expense. And the political establishment class wonders why so many people voted for Donald Trump. Well, government malpractice like this goes a long way toward answering that question.

Thomas Gallatin is a staff analyst at The Patriot Post, and is a former History teacher.

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