Boehner: The clearing of the market


All the government’s efforts to help distressed homeowners stay in their homes have done, says Rep. John Boehner, is “delay the clearing of the market.”

I love that euphemism, “the clearing of the market.” As in throwing families out into the street. It’s like how the Pentagon described the secret carpet bombing of Cambodian villages as “counterinsurgency strikes.” Or how the FBI (same time period) testified about an investigation and used “a male individual residing in the adjoining domicile” to mean the next door neighbor. It’s so cold and clinical, so devoid of human emotion.

Euphemisms reveal what is most important to you by hiding what is not. “Clearing the market” reveals that boosting real estate values clearly takes priority over helping families stay in their homes. That’s the bottom line.

Categories : Economy, Republicans


  1. That’s a great segment of video, Tom, thanks for putting it up. It reminds me of the classic George Carlin bit about “soft” language.


    To me nobody ever called bullshit on the world as well as George.

  2. Tom Sullivan says:

    “… smug, greedy, well-fed white people have invented a language to conceal their sins.”

    That about says it.

  3. Andrew Dahm says:

    I wonder why we didn’t “clear the market” in the 19th century when land grants weren’t enough to complete the transcontinental railroad and the government colluded in stock-watering, land swindles, and abrogating treaties with the Plains tribes to connect San Francisco and New York. Or, for that matter, when Citibank and Bank of America faced a meltdown due to their own business practices, reinsurance schemes, and acquisitions. Or, for that matter, on a host of occasions in between and before, dating all the way back to Plymouth Rock.

    Yet, somehow, now that people who cannot pay for political influence are on the hook, the Almighty Market must have its way.

    It’s obvious to me that the government does, in fact, create wealth and jobs, no matter what the Tea Party says. I’ll spare you sixteen paragraphs about that and just say this: Government favor saves the bacon of economic interests all the time, and the sooner we face this fact and work to ensure that such rescues benefit the many and not the few, the more jobs and common-wealth we’ll all benefit from.

    This has implications for local government, too: Should our government give incentives and subventions to single employers who can pull up stakes anytime they want, or should it assist local entrepreneurs who’ll hire local people and really need to make it because they live here?

  4. shadmarsh says:

    Never expect an Oompa Loompa to show compassion, they are all in the pocket of Big Chocolate.

  5. Diogenes says:

    What Andrew said.

  6. Andrew Dahm says:

    It’s as if he doesn’t carrot all.

  7. Andrew Dahm says:

    If Mr. Boehner’s house should catch fire, I think we should do nothing to prevent it from burning clear to the ground. Government intervention will only delay the inevitable combustion of all matter on this planet when our sun goes supernova, and cost dozens of construction jobs that could have been created by the total destruction of the place.