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How powerful are politicians words? Whether its Sarah Palin or Chris Christie

Christie, a first-term Republican, said health-care spending “will bankrupt” the state unless it requires its workers to pay more for medical coverage. New Jersey will spend $4.3 billion on employee and retiree health insurance this year, and that cost will rise 40 percent within four years, he said.

About 30 minutes after Christie’s comments, an eight-year authority bond sold in April dropped in price.
Mr. Christie made a rookie mistake,” said Mike Pietronico, who oversees $360 million as chief executive officer of Miller Tabak Asset Management in New York. “The market is very sensitive to the word ‘bankrupt.’”
Words matter, and you can’t constantly be on stage trying to be bombastic,” Greenwald said. “The reality is that people are listening and the public doesn’t differentiate when someone is going for style points and when it’s reality.”

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:37 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • So it doesn't matter w hether you're intelligent or insane, words MATTER! Don't you agree?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:42 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I agree, all politicians need to be careful what they say.

    Answer by Justmom223 at 7:55 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • yes, words matter and him blaming his states financial problems on the health care bill is quite conveinent.

    But anyone who has a brain knows the projections for health care costs and the % they were rising BEFORE the health care legislation was even trying to pass....

    He also cost his state by canceling that bridge project....but who;s keeping track?


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:56 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • If we are going to become a Nation that is PC, first of all ...good luck with that. Second is, we are not able to stop at banning the "N" word. I surely understand that people take offense to that word but, the fact is, people take offense to all kinds of words. So I believe in the interest of this so called "Political Correctness" and to insure the sensitivities of our Citizens, we need to ban a few more words and subjects.

    Lets start with the subject of weight, that is a very sensitive thing to some people. If you or someone you know grew up overweight you know how hurtful and offensive words like: fatty, pig, tubby, pudgy, cow, thunderthighs, to name a few, can be. I move we ban all words and subject matter to do with being overweight.

    For the Irish people and people who deal daily with the ravishing, devastating affects of alcoholism we should ban all references to alcohol and drunkenness, especially as it pertains Cont.

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 8:14 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • to the stereotypes of people of Irish decent.

    For the preservation of the feelings of our Polish friends, we need to ban all words related to "Polock" and all manner of stereotyped jokes and subject matter on them!

    Then there are blonds, short people, Indians, Mexicans, Jews, Catholics, The French, aged people. There are the Chinese, Hillbillies, geeks, the disabled, Foureyes, all manner of sex words. Yup, there are a whole world of offensive words and subjects that this Politically Correct shit encompasses!

    As for humor, is a tool for learning, just look at one of the greatest Comedians of all time, Richard Pryor. He used extreme racist humor and he used it to teach Blacks and Whites about each other as did Carroll O'Connor! And the world is a better place because of them and their humor! CONT

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 8:14 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Humor is first of all to make us laugh but, it is secondly and, most importantly, to make us look into ourselves and make us think!! When subjects and words are banned we lose part of that opportunity and all we have to laugh!

    When we ban words and subjects, we stifle, retard, and pervert the growth of understanding and knowledge needed to get past the prejudices, stereotypes and misconceptions we have for each other. We shut down our thoughts, we shut down our feelings and we throw all the racism and hostility into the closet and keep it hidden in the dark! Then we let it grow and fester there in it's ignorance and stupidity.

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 8:15 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • The N word isn't banned

    It was edited by the publisher, you can still but the full text book


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:41 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I LOVE Chris Christie!! I would love to see him make a run for POTUS in due time!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:53 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Sorry I posted my response in the wrong post here, it was for the Twain question but, it kinda fits so, I am leaving it here. I just wanted to point that out before I get attacked for being off subject.

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 9:21 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • The N word isn't banned

    It was edited by the publisher, you can still but the full text book

    How are those shoes looking sweet?

    Answer by Carpy at 10:21 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

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