The Republicans' bill to repeal the new health care law is literally called the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." But Speaker John Boehner is hesitant to use "job-killing" after Tucson. He's considering other slightly less violent terms now.
Republicans shouldn't feel pressured to stop using "job-killing" just because of one shooting spree out in Arizona. That was nine days ago. Most Americans have probably forgotten about it by now. We are free to use "kill" again in the most disingenuous of ways, as a society, and Republicans should lead the way.
But Boehner appears to be considering alternatives to "kill" that are basically the same thing. Perhaps that's a point he's trying to make, that attempts to censor our national political debates are futile? Or perhaps we are just run by seven-year-olds playing with plastic dinosaur action figures. Crush! Destroy!
As evidence of a slight rhetorical shift, House Speaker John Boehner abandoned labeling the current health care law as "job killing," and instead called it "job crushing" and "job destroying" in a new message posted on his webpage.
"Repealing the job crushing health care law is critical to boosting small business job creation and growing the economy," Boehner wrote in the post.
Boehner also said "job destroying" in his closing remarks at the GOP retreat Saturday.
What about "job-nuking" or "job-firebombing"? No one got nuked or firebombed in Tucson, so it should go down easy.
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