The Bernays influence is going to be all over the State of the Union address tonight, as Democrats will start to use “investing” as their new buzzword to replace spending. Remember how public relation replaced propaganda? Same thing, just a different name. Pat and Stu had the story on radio this morning.
Pat played audio from Valerie Jarrett who said, “We are going to be investing in all kinds of ways that are going to create an incentive for jobs to be created right here.”
“And there's the keyword for tonight. This, this will be the word: Investing,” Pat said. “We're not going to spend anymore. We're not spending. We're investing. That's great. So now it's an investment.”
“Over and over and over that's what you're going to hear,” Pat added.
Stu predicted some things President Obama would say tonight. “If you can just say like, we're investing in education and green energy and the state of the union is strong.”
“Despite the fact that investing in green energy is proven to be a disaster for countries all around the world and also that investing in education does not buy you smarter kids. That's not the way it's done. You don't purchase smarter children by dumping money into education blindly,” explained Stu.
Stu and Pat discussed the Washington, DC education system, which was perpetually ranked very poorly despite spending more than most states on spending per pupil. And when Michelle Rhee came into DC and started to make smart reforms, she got booted out of office in favor of returning to blind spending on education.
“If you attach certain words together, the impression that the White House has and what the people in Washington have is that you as a viewer of this speech are so dumb, you're not going to be able to pick up that those two words are the same thing. That when you're complaining about spending and you're going to applaud investing. Well, it's the same money going the same way: Out!,” Stu said.
“Money we don't have on programs that don't work,” he added.
“It's still debt. That's all it is,” Pat said as the segment ended.