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    Posted: 06 Aug 2010 at 01:24
Being that this is another election year in the US I figured to make a thread on the impact that the media has on our expectations of political policy and the influence it has over our vocabulary. What got me started down this line of thought recently was a post I made in another thread (added here for reference). Each post in this thread will in some way or another stretch our minds into the impact of certain assumptions on the American will.




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Today's entry focuses on the influence of two words, that when used together have a powerful impact on our perception. Yet is the perceived what we expect it to be?

Here is the quote from the Associated Press: Senate Advances $26 Billion Jobs Bill
Last minute money to save the jobs of tens of thousands of teachers and other public workers overcame a republican filibuster Wednesday and sped toward Senate passage.

This bill would help states ease budget problems and it would stop the layoffs of 300,00 teachers, firefighters, police and other public employees.

First of all nice bill. More power to the Senate for helping with jobs. Maybe Republicans will be just as passionate over this one day.

Today's observation regarding the impact of media over the common usage of words is- public worker and public employees. What do those words mean for you? What is public? Well, it means federal, state or other government employees in this context as opposed to private workers/employees. Get it? Good!

My first thoughts are why do we have to water down words to make it fashionable? Why not just say government jobs and get straight to the point. Probably, just a hunch mind you, is because it's easy to vilify anything to do with the government these days.


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"Government workers" to me anyway implies people who work for the government, not who are employed by the government (a vague concept anyway). Teachers and other public employees (people whose wages are paid from taxes) can and frequently do all they can to obstruct and indeed change the government: i.e. they are anti-government workers. 
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Good point G. Sometimes perception carries varied connotations. In the case of teachers it would be wise to break the perception into two classes, Public and Private sectors. Public school teachers are paid in relation to taxes collected (and occasional millage hikes, which are taxes anyway) and thus are mandated by state (government) oversight. Compensation is determined by a few factors. Economical, political, and union negotiations if I am not mistaken and that all depends on yearly budgets. At the other end of the spectrum private teachers tend to earn less salary than their counterparts.

As for political orientation and grievances with the local, state or federal influences, that issue is as diverse as there are teachers.

Now going back to the vague concept of 'working for' or 'employed by' the government, that is the crux of the matter. At what point do we just acknowledge that they are both under the jurisdiction of the government more so than private enterprise and leave it at that in addition is it more reasonable to also separate or join the two types of government employees and just calling them 'semi public' or 'public'? Meaning, one of those classifications fall under even more direct influence by the government than the other. Either way all roads lead to, or in this case from, Rome.


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Its all about fair dinkumly moving forward.
 
The media instills so much fear in politicians the only way they can move forward is to endlessly repeat the same fair dinkum message. Moving forward from that sentence if they don't have much imagination then 9 times out of 10 that message will be something that most working families won't give a stuff about.
 
I mean fair shake of the sauce bottle, that tactic might be good advice in an interview where you'll be cut and paste. But when repeated ad-nauseum or live it is extremely counter productive.
 
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For the wonks in the mood for very dry reading on just this topic:
 
 
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