We all know that those in government are skilled at shaping reality to suit their purpose. Most often that’s done by playing with numbers and language.
And though we’re all aware that… “There are lies, damned lies and statistics!” and Orwellian doublespeak (“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” ) isn’t restricted to the pages of “1984” –- we keep buying into what they’re selling.
I mean, seriously, is oil that tramples on the rights of Aboriginal Canadians really more “ethical” than the stuff that subjugates the rights of women in Saudi Arabia?
I think we go along with this stuff because we really would like to believe that the people we selected to govern us are honestly trying to make things better.
And maybe they’re only human and doing the best they can. Maybe they’re merely trying to cover up their shortcomings or that our problems don’t have easy solutions.
Or maybe they had no intention of doing what they promised all along.
The following is from a Congressional hearing in Washington last week about what constitutes a “Green Job” -- the kind of future employment designed to save both the American economy and the environment.
Let’s just say the list (which begins at 3:15) isn’t quite what you may have pictured in considering how to save either one.
Enjoy Your Sunday.