Voltaire Revisited: “Words Obscure whatever they do not make clear.”

As we say farewell to Black History month. We note in passing Historical Black Colleges and Universities,The first Black congressman in reconstruction times,the National Museum of African American History, Rachel Lindsay,the first Black Bachelorette(smile),and the victories of Black performers and creative artists at the Oscars(though sullied by symbolic interactive error).
We also note the relief of journalistic America that POTUS can look and act presidential even briefly.That this is no justification for a wild initial stock market upsurge deters not at all.There is no explanation of where a 54.3 billion dollar additional allocation is going to come from without destroying critical domestic programs or what it will be used for militarily.A call for elimination of hate is accompanied by a declaration of a VOICE(Victims of immigration crime engagement)agency.Real risk to the nation exists in the continued probability of infiltration and sharing of classified information to Russia while the method for congressional investigation is being argued along party lines.
The question of whether or not deal making (a unidimensional singular time phenomenon) can serve as a basis for national policy can be answered logically(NO!); the weasel words by which this is discussed obscure the obvious.
Michael Hiltzik in the February 19th Los Angeles Times quoted Edward O. Thorp, gambling expert and investor “What the crash of 2008 taught us was that profits are privatized and risk is socialzed-it’s Heads they win,tails ,the taxpayers lose.'”…”The first thing people who have control do is tilt the playing field.”…Maybe the majority of wealth is accumulated because of tilted playing fields. Not be cause of merit.” Both Gregory S and RMV have reminded us that the distinctions between brands of conservatism(including justifications) pale before this dedication.



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  2. Daedal2207 writes: “The question of whether or not deal making (a unidimensional singular time phenomenon) can serve as a basis for national policy can be answered logically (NO!); the weasel words by which this is discussed obscure the obvious.”
    I am trying to make sense of this statement. His premise that deal making is “a unidimensional singular time phenomenon” needs clarification. A single deal could be described as (relatively) unidimensional and locked into a singular time, but a PROCESS that encourages deal making is neither unidimensional nor a singular time phenomenon. Therefore his concluding “NO” to a deal making national policy is logically suspect. And, what are the “weasel words” referred to and what gives them this characteristic? I assume that no honest mind wishes to be weasel like in the use of words and we could all benefit if presented with an explanation.
    Michael Hiltzik as quoted seems to understand a universal tendency of human nature. That is, self-interest is a driving force. How the perception of “self” evolves varies greatly depending on cultural factors. However, the entity called “self” is given priority even when it is by that person seen as synonymous with altruism. If given a chance people will tilt the playing field to favor whatever “self” they have become. Often this is harmful to others. That is a major reason anti-trust laws were created. Monopolies of power trend to corruption. Competition tends to temper the degree to which people can successfully acquire such monopolistic power that they are able to corruptively tilt the playing field. A government (a monopoly) that plays favorites (tilts the field) rather than protects and referees the play of competition (merit) would be an excellent example demonstrating how wealth could be unfairly accumulated.

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