Glossary, March 4-15, 2013

an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, March 4-15, 2013

anti-carbon agenda Obama administration’s energy policy. aka, “Walden Pond”. See also: “manufactured hysteria”
balanced budget, budget gimmicks “balanced budget” is what the GOP uses as a smokescreen to avoid talking about the details of the latest Ryan budget; every Dem budget proposal is a “gimmick”.
campaign mode Whenever the administration asserts itself. Always contrasted to “governing,” which is what the GOP House does when it asserts itself
comprehensive cost-sharing in Medicare Means-testing
confidence What the business sector lacks; can only be supplied by trickle-down economics and tax cuts
crony government Dems’ web of Wall Street/Green Sector/Hollywood connections
faith in the people The heart of the new GOP with a human face; always contrasted to the Dems’ “faith in government”
inflexible Obama on the budget: no matter what spending cuts he proposes, GOP claims he is “inflexible” and offers no cuts
manufactured hysteria Climate change; The Church of Global Warming
overreach All-purpose word for gun control, carbon tax, affirmative action, Obamacare
risk premium Cart blanche for insurers to charge whatever they want due to Obamacare’s mandate of universal coverage
The One Continuing meme of Obama The Supreme; aka, the Obamaborg, Caesaropapism; The Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue, a “distilled Alynskyite”, a “utilitarianism that would make Machiavelli shudder”
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