Larry Elder

"Me Decade/Decade of Greed": Used by left-wing anti-Reagan critics to attribute the prosperity of the '80s to selfishness -- even though charitable giving reached record levels. During the '90s, the purported indices of "greed" worsened. The gap between the rich and poor increased, the stock market grew higher, Wall Street arranged more mergers and acquisitions, and more Americans lacked health insurance.

"Trickle-down": Used by the media to give a Marie Antoinette "let 'em eat cake" slant to what free-market economists call "supply-side economics" -- the notion that lower tax rates ultimately increase tax revenues. The term demeans the cornerstone of Reagan's economic agenda, depicting it as the rich getting richer, with the non-rich getting the crumbs that, you know, "trickle down." Forget that in 1962 tax-cut advocate and Democratic President John F. Kennedy said, "It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low -- and the soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut rates now."

"Torture Memo": Used to describe the "Working Group Report on Detainee Interrogations in the Global War on Terrorism: Assessment of Legal, Historical, Policy and Operational Considerations" -- the 2003 Department of Defense legal opinion. It concluded that there are legal bases for waterboarding. Despite the name "torture memo," the report does not call waterboarding, conducted under the prescribed circumstances and conditions outlined, "torture."

So, why do Democrats now find the term "ObamaCare" so toxic? Simple. The bill remains unpopular -- and under siege.

Democrats expected opposition to subside as Americans grew to appreciate its merit. But nearly a year after Obama signed the bill, a recent Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that 56 percent want ObamaCare repealed.

Twenty-six states filed lawsuits arguing that ObamaCare violates the Constitution, specifically the mandate that requires every American to purchase heath insurance. The now GOP-controlled House voted 245-189 to repeal it, with more voting for its repeal than voted for its passage.

The number of ObamaCare waivers given to companies and organizations recently passed 900. In his recent testimony before the House, Medicare's chief actuary called it "false, more so than true" that ObamaCare will decrease medical costs. As for Obama's assertion that if people like their current health insurance they could keep it, the Medicare official called this "not true in all cases."

So, what to do about "ObamaCare," an expensive, unpopular, legally dubious piece of legislation that most voters oppose? Why, change its name, of course. Why not use an expression that most voters hope accurately reflects its fate?

How about "toast"?

Larry Elder

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