Sunday, July 19, 2009

What the Captain Means

There was a very popular recording that made the rounds during the Vietnam air war years. It was a pseudo press interview with an Air Force Phantom pilot answering questions in typical fighter pilot fashion, crudely, while a frantic public information officer translates into politically and socially correct verbiage. It prefaced each PIO comment with "what the captain means..."

Now we've got to learn the language of Messiah-speak. Read this:

Let Me Make Myself Perfectly Clear...

"I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade," the president said in his weekly address. "And by helping improve quality and efficiency, the reforms we make will help bring our deficits under control in the long-term," he added.

What the Messiah means is that he doesn't give a rodent's rear about deficits or the escalating national debt, he is going to nationalize your healthcare in order to give benefits to the 7% of the population that doesn't have any at the expense of the rest of us who are quite content. If he says he won't, that means without a doubt that he will.

Now, understand that the nuances of Messiah-speak don't only apply to The One. We've also got this from the House leadership, Frau Pelosi and Field Marshall Hoyer:

In a statement issued Saturday evening, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the leadership did not intend to find savings to offset the estimated $245 billion cost of higher Medicare fees for doctors.

The money is not "increased spending for a new policy, but rather the costs of maintaining our existing policy to prevent a cut in physician rates," they said. Without a change, doctor fees would fall by 21 percent

So the Messiah won't sign any deficit increase and the doyen of the Bay Area does not intend to find savings to offset the cost. Sounds like what they mean is that the debt will rise, they will mandate it and the man will sign it exactly as he promised not to.

Then try to unravel that second part--it isn't "increased spending" but the "cost of maintaining our policy". That means that they need votes next fall from doctors as well as support for this flawed program.

Actually, it is much easier than trying to understand a fighter pilot. It is just like that childhood game of "reverse speak." Whatever they say means exactly the opposite of what they are going to do. And what they are going to do is screw any productive citizen over so as to maintain their power.

The closing line of the fighter pilot interview is the PIO translating the captain's final statement, "it's a f***ed-up war." as "What the captain means is, it's a f***ed up war."


Buzz Barron said...

I thought Bill Clinton did this better than anyone. I'm truly amazed that people are so stupid that this matters not... There I go again being disrespectful to my fellow Americans...

Kevin said...

"What the Capt means..." My Dad played that for me years before he passed. I'd forgotten all about it. Thnx for the reminder! :-) Classic.