Boehner: The clearing of the marketBy
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.