All Your Base Are Belong to Us
It's official -- we've entered the Age of Newspeak. Check out the headline from a WaPo editorial by Jonathan Gruber:
OK, so maybe a headline writer got carried away. But, no, here are the man's own words:
But this argument misses an important point: The assessment proposed in the Senate is not a new tax; it is the elimination of an existing tax break that is provided to exactly these firms.
See! It's not a tax! It's the "elimination of a tax break."
To put it more honestly: Everything you earn is the government's by default, except what it deigns to let you keep.