Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Weird Word of the Week: Disingenuous

From Dictionary.com:  "Disingenuous: Lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous insincere: Her excuse was rather disingenuous."

Madame L chose this weird word because it seems to apply to much of the news lately. The elections are over, but then again they're not.

We still have Rep. Michele Bachmann in campaign mode, now that the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report has shown a slight drop in  unemployment, saying, "President Obama’s tax and spend policies continue to explode the debt and cloud the country with uncertainty." That statement is rather disingenuous. 

We still have Rep. John Boehner claiming that Pres. Obama and the Democrats aren't being reasonable, even while his latest proposals for avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff" would actually raise taxes on the middle class and lower them on America's richest citizens. That kind of stuff is rather disingenuous

And Madame L's own Member of Congress said after her re-election in November, "What I'll be attempting to add to is the conciliatory atmosphere. The American people basically returned the same (partisan makeup)in the U.S. House, Senate the White House back to Washington, D.C. We need to find a way to make this work." That, Dear Readers, is rather disingenuous.

In fact, Madame L would go so far as to say these lawmakers' pants are on fire!
 

1 comment:

Jeff said...

I've used that word occasionally, but this gives me a somewhat different understanding of it.
In fact, it seems that as a generalization,
politics = disingenuous
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