Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Nov. 15-18

budget-busting: any new government spending the GOP doesn’t like.

cradle-to-grave care: any social welfare/safety net laws or policies. AKA, redistributionism, dependency, freeloading, Big Government.

end of liberalism: Krauthammer’s grandiose, hyperventilating claim for the endgame  of the vicissitudes of Obamacare.

fiat: Any Obama administration policy. The House rules by consensus and the rule of law, the White House by fiat.

fix: The thing that can never be done to Obamacare. The GOP scorched earth policy has always been no reform, no accommodation. As happened last week, when Obama does accommodate, his overtures are instantly and cynically dismissed as either political gimmickry or outright illegality. Obamacare is the GOP Alamo: no surrender. And just ask a texan: Ted Cruz. it’s in the Bible, right? Don’t gut it, kill it.

jam: the only way any Democrat-sponsored bill can get through Congress. Alternatively, anything the GOP passes is based on “consensus”. Aka, “demagoguery”.

Katrina:  Obamacare. Of course ma national health care plan is the same as the government causing–and then ignoring– the victims of a devastating flood. Aka, Obama’s Iran-Contra, or, of course, a “catastrophe,” a “disaster” or a “Greek tragedy”.

panic: any Dem response to the vicissitudes pf the Obamacare rollout. Even common-sense fixes to the law are characterized as “panic”.

preening elites: Democrats.

Glossary, mid-July, 2013

an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, July 3, 2013-July 16, 2013

agenda-driven.  What the Koch Bothers, among other Tea Partiers, call any investigative journalism that supports climate change theory, environmental and other regulation, and corporate taxes or liability.

extraneous: the House GOP’s characterization of everyone on food stamps.

fiat: any Obama administration ruling or policy. (aka, “end run”)

the Fourth Branch: the federal bureaucracy. Almost certainly illegitimate, probably illegal and surely unconstitutional.

King FDR V-VI. The Obama administration.

race baiting: anytime the Dems bring up race (aka, “playing the race card”).  If it’s meant as bait to get the GOP to over-react, the GOP’s response is to ignore or airbrush the race question. Curiously, “justice is blind” could be attributed to either side because it has a double meaning.

rammed through: any successful Obama administration legislation.

relief: Boehner talk for  repealing Obamacare. Supposedly, Americans are choking for “relief” from such totalitarian concepts as universal coverage, no exclusions based on pre-existing conditions, and insurance not tied to a job.

sidewalk as weapon: according to George Zimmerman’s lawyer, Trayvon Martin “weaponized” the sidewalk. So any black man out for a walk should be considered armed and dangerous?

victim community: defenders of civil rights, voting rights, equal justice and racial equality. An other variant on “playing the race card” and “race-baiting”.