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October 23rd, 2010 at 01:22 pm

Warning! Heavy sarcasm coming up Smile

Gobbledygook or gobbledegook (sometimes gobbledegoo) is any text containing jargon or especially convoluted English that results in it being excessively hard to understand or even incomprehensible.

The Plain English Campaign FAQ includes the following explanation:

"What's wrong with gobbledygook? We can't put it any better than a nurse who wrote about a baffling memo. She said that 'receiving information in this form makes us feel hoodwinked, inferior, definitely frustrated and angry, and it causes a divide between us and the writer.'"

I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned I'm a news junkie, particularly financial news. Anyways they keep talking about extending the Bush tax cuts. They claim that if they extend them it is a tax cut. Bah Humbug! If they extend them you don't pay less in taxes, you pay the same as you paid this year and last year and the year before etc. Therefore, it is not a cut, it is the same. However because the governement believes that all the money you earn is there and because they were planning to keep more of it and now may not, that is a tax cut. Why not give us an even bigger tax cut by planning to keep 90% of our money and then deciding to only keep 50%? That would be a huge tax cut and make everyone feel wonderful, wonderful.

Now on the other hand if they don't extend the tax cuts it is not a tax increase, because all your money is theirs to start with and the fact that they have graciously allowed you to keep more of it for the last 8 years doesn't mean you should be allowed to continue that. Therefore since they had always planned to keep more of your money in the year 2011 and the fact that you will be paying more of your money in taxes in 2011 and beyond, that's not really a tax increase. What? Paying more money to taxes is not a tax increase and paying the same amount of taxes as you pay now is a tax cut. Ok-a-a-a-y, can you say goobbledygook? Smile

I finished reading the library book Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Sci/Fi - very good.

2 Responses to “Gobbledygook”

  1. Homebody Says:

    HAHA you are funny and yes I agree!

  2. Aleta Says:

    This all depends on who you are talking to. If you entered the work force after the tax cuts and tomorrow the rate goes up - it's a definite tax hike for you. If you had the tax cut and now it is increased - it is still more than what you paid yesterday.

    So, definitely, it is a tax increase for some people.

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