Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boiling Away

This sentence by Harry Reid just struck me:
"Only a tiny fraction of people making more than a million dollars, probably less than one percent, are actually small business owners and only a tiny fraction of that tiny fraction is a traditional job creator."

Interesting word choices here:

* "probably" less than 1%: he has no idea what the number is.

* "small" business owners - he wants you to think of a mom & pop store that barely scrapes by, but by SBA rules, "small" can mean up to 1500 employees and $27 million in sales.

* "traditional" job creator: if you're not "traditional," you don't count (although he doesn't explain why not - other than to lower the number). I assume that's his way of discounting everyone who uses a computer during work hours, but he never defines the word.

So when you boil down his words to find out what he actually said, you find it has no solid meaning. It all simply goes to steam and fog and drifts away without substance.


  1. Only a teenie tiny fraction of senators has said "light-skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" when referring to Obama.

  2. The problem is that he is using some 'key' words that people want to hear even if he is making no sense. Trust me, I'm a great BSer and all it takes is the right words and the right tone of voice and people just agree with you... no matter if what you just said is total nonsense.

  3. VW - you DO realize the irony involved in saying, "Trust me, I'm a great BSer", right? ;-)