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Let’s ban words like ‘right-wing extremist’ and ‘fair share’

For the third consecutive year, the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion voted “whatever”as the most irritating word or phrase in the English language. I agree, it is irritating, but not nearly as much as the ones on my list, which include the following, in no particular order:

Kick the can: Each time a politician uses the term “kick the can,” I know that government has failed yet again. Congress passed another short-term continuing resolution instead of fixing an annual budget. The fact that this administration has failed to pass a budget in three years is pathetic. The Senate’s recent vote to set tax law on a two-month basis is deplorable.

Transparent: Whenever I hear a politician use the word “transparent,” I ask myself, “What’s he hiding from us now?” As the word is currently used by the Obama administration, it’s as phony as the wailers at Kim Jong Il’s funeral.

Fair share: The top 1 percent of wage earners assume over 36 percent of the national tax burden, and still the president gripes that they’re not paying their “fair share.” It’s all part of the class warfare the left is engaged in. When the president derides “the rich,” he’s referring to those who have a good job, own a home and foot the bill for the 47 percent who pay no federal income taxes.

Racist (or Bigot): I’m tired if witnessing the race card being played each and every time the Obama administration doesn’t get its way. Conservatives don’t hate the president’s policies because the president is black. They hate them because they’re wasteful, anti-American and don’t work.

Right-wing extremist: This is anyone who regularly attends a church or synagogue, owns a firearm and votes Republican. Even the president, who usually leaves the dirty work to others, derided conservatives as those who “cling to their guns and religion.” Curiously enough, those who worship in mosques, publicly pray five times a day and own AK-47s are exempt. I’ll make the left a deal. Stop calling us “right-wing extremists” and I’ll stop calling the president a socialist.

Green: When we give half- billion dollars to Solyndra just to keep it afloat for another month, and spend four times the going rate for bio-jet propulsion fuel, it’s evident that “green” has little to do with ecology and everything to do with the pile of cash Congress is wasting. Unless it has something to do with Kermit the Frog, I don’t care to hear the word “green” any more.

Stimulus: Also known as “jobs plan,” a stimulus stimulates little more than the egos of the members of Congress who vote for it. Strangely, when the president was confronted with the Keystone XL pipeline project, a true jobs bill offering 20,000 high-paying jobs and costing government nothing, he became a deer in the headlights and did nothing.

Corporate greed: Related to “fair share” and a part of the class warfare the Democrats are engaged in. Why is it that a 4 percent profit on a gallon of gasoline is “greed,” but a 43 percent tax on that same gallon of gasoline is not? It seems to me that the government, at all levels, is totally awash in both greed and envy, two of the deadly sins.

Investment for the future: It really irks me every time the president talks about the government making “investments.” The government doesn’t invest. People and corporations do. Government investment means nothing but higher taxes and more spending on things we don’t need and have no business buying.

Common-sense gun control: This is code for a firearm confiscation plot and anathema to both the provisions and the spirit of the Second Amendment. If I had a daughter, I’d give her a firearm and get her thoroughly trained in its use. You can give yours a cellphone if you want, but when seconds count, the police are but minutes away. Other code phrases include “arsenal of weapons” (a small personal gun collection), “sniper rifle” (a scoped deer hunting rifle), and “high-capacity magazine” (holds more than one round).

Yes, there’s no doubt but that “whatever” can be irritating, but it’s nowhere near as irritating as some of the words and phrases we hear from the White House and the halls of Congress.

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