Obama doesn’t own the dictionary

It seems that a lot of people relate certain words with the president ― like “change.”

During the senatorial debate at NSU, the candidates were asked about their stance on health care. Democrat, Kendrick Meek,was accused of having the same stance as the president. Charlie Crist, an independent, said, and I’m paraphrasing, that Meek supported ObamaCare. Meek responded that it wasn’t ObamaCare. It was health care.

I was watching this from the press room, so I had to suppress my excitement at this statement. I wasn’t cheering for the health care bill. I was cheering for the technical correction.

Although, I didn’t agree on much of what Meek said during his campaign, what he said made me exclaim, “Yes, someone finally said it.”

The term ObamaCare, as you may have inferred, is a “nickname” for President Obama’s health care bill. However, the bill was not proposed to congress as ObamaCare. Its name is the Affordable Care Act.

There was another instance during this election period that infuriated me. This one happened during the November debate, also held at NSU. Rick Scott, republican, accused Alex Sink, democrat, of using ObamaMath to create the funds for her projects if she was elected as Florida’s governor.

ObamaMath? What is that? Stop calling things what they aren’t.

It’s not just the candidates, though. Many people are using these terms that appear to mean nothing. From ObamaCare to ObamaMath, people are attributing these terms to the president as if he was in charge of creating health care and math — just like some think he’s responsible for anything related to the word “change.”

This is not the first time a president’s name has been associated with his plan to reform an aspect of the U.S. In the 1980s, Reaganomics was coined. I’m sure you have heard of that term before, maybe in an economics or American history class, but do you remember what that term refers to? I doubt it.

What bothers me about these words is that they are meaningless. People won’t remember what ObamaCare meant 30 years from, just like people don’t know what Reaganomics is.

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