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Regulations as a loaded term

darkkermit
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2/25/2013 3:20:19 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Does anybody else think regulations is a loaded term. It implies that something needs to be regulated or be regular. Thus it makes it difficult to say that you are against business regulations. Regulations is a positive term. A better term to call them is business restrictions, since its more accurate.

From Ryan Faulk's book "This book will be lied about" (controversial book, but interesting book if you want to read it:
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"Total spending isn't everything, there is also the effect of economic restrictions, which are question-beggingly called "regulations". I don't call them "regulations", as it assumes what is "regular". The only thing that so-called "regulations" can do is restrict behavior. Minimum wage, for example, makes it illegal to hire someone for less than a certain wage. Safety and health "regulations" restrict how unsafe and dirty you are allowed to make your store. Maybe you think these restrictions are good or bad, that's another topic."
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Thaddeus
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2/25/2013 5:07:59 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Liberals have always been exceptional with the way their words sound;
Progressive or liberal vs conservative
Stimulus vs austerity
Equality, fairness, the list goes on.
Contra
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2/25/2013 6:34:50 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Business restrictions is probably a good term. Markets can pretty much self regulate, so regulations are technically erroneous.

Luntz is a good source on how to frame the debate. Business restrictions and red tape, big government, and the death tax all sound bad. However; lawsuit abuse reform, tax simplification and tax relief, a level playing field, and a competitive American economy all sound great.

Wording is critical.
"The solution [for Republicans] is to admit that Bush was a bad president, stop this racist homophobic stuff, stop trying to give most of the tax cuts to the rich, propose a real alternative to Obamacare that actually works, and propose smart free market solutions to our economic problems." - Distraff

"Americans are better off in a dynamic, free-enterprise-based economy that fosters economic growth, opportunity and upward mobility." - Paul Ryan
darkkermit
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2/25/2013 6:39:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/25/2013 6:34:50 PM, Contra wrote:
Business restrictions is probably a good term. Markets can pretty much self regulate, so regulations are technically erroneous.

Luntz is a good source on how to frame the debate. Business restrictions and red tape, big government, and the death tax all sound bad. However; lawsuit abuse reform, tax simplification and tax relief, a level playing field, and a competitive American economy all sound great.

Wording is critical.

Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear

^Is that the book. Should be good book to read, especially for improving debating skills.
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Contra
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2/25/2013 6:48:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/25/2013 6:39:16 PM, darkkermit wrote:
At 2/25/2013 6:34:50 PM, Contra wrote:
Business restrictions is probably a good term. Markets can pretty much self regulate, so regulations are technically erroneous.

Luntz is a good source on how to frame the debate. Business restrictions and red tape, big government, and the death tax all sound bad. However; lawsuit abuse reform, tax simplification and tax relief, a level playing field, and a competitive American economy all sound great.

Wording is critical.

Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear

^Is that the book. Should be good book to read, especially for improving debating skills.

Yes, that is the book. I didn't read it fully, but I read the important parts. And he released a similar PDF on the subject a few years back, I could give you a copy of it if you wanted.
"The solution [for Republicans] is to admit that Bush was a bad president, stop this racist homophobic stuff, stop trying to give most of the tax cuts to the rich, propose a real alternative to Obamacare that actually works, and propose smart free market solutions to our economic problems." - Distraff

"Americans are better off in a dynamic, free-enterprise-based economy that fosters economic growth, opportunity and upward mobility." - Paul Ryan
Polaris
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2/25/2013 6:48:57 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/25/2013 3:20:19 PM, darkkermit wrote:
Does anybody else think regulations is a loaded term. It implies that something needs to be regulated or be regular. Thus it makes it difficult to say that you are against business regulations. Regulations is a positive term. A better term to call them is business restrictions, since its more accurate.

Is 'Regulations' a loaded term? No. Does it carry connotations? Sure, but so would 'business restrictions'.
Polaris
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2/25/2013 6:54:24 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/25/2013 5:07:59 PM, Thaddeus wrote:
Liberals have always been exceptional with the way their words sound;
Progressive or liberal vs conservative
Stimulus vs austerity
Equality, fairness, the list goes on.

This is true of politics in general, not just liberals. Think about the abortion debate: Pro-life vs Pro-choice, and not: Anti-life or Anti-choice.