When is a Cut Not a Cut?

Good thoughts by Brooke Oberwetter (in her new digs) about how a genuine debate about Social Security is almost impossible to have given the systematically misleading way economists and journalists insist on using language.

One of the things that makes talking about Social Security so infuriating is the fact that conventional ways of talking about government spending have no basis in reality (though that hasn't prevented members of the reality-based community from using them).

Read the whole thing.