Straight Talk from Steve

Politicians speak in code. Doublespeak is language that deliberately distorts the meanings of words. It is language which pretends to communicate something truthful or valuable, but actually misleads by making the bad seem good or the good seem bad. Doublespeak is a favorite tool of career politicians, who don’t want the public to fully understand the issues at play or to know what is really going on.

Doublespeak is the best way to describe how critics of the 35 percent Solution often use language. The 35 percent Solution refers to the current ballot initiative, which would allow taxpayers to reclaim 35 percent of their property tax bill in the form of a credit or refund on their Nebraska State Income Tax Return. Believe it or not, some politicians simply do not want to cut property taxes. Because they cannot admit their true stance on property tax relief, they try to disguise their position through doublespeak.


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