What do they really mean?
With elections due in North Carolina and other US states, voters have been advised to study carefully what would-be politicians write and say.
Here, from the internet, are some plain English interpretations of the innocent-seeming platitudes they may use.
— if a candidate promises to fund their plans by `eliminating waste´, you can be sure taxes are going to rise. (Waste is part of any bureaucracy and best efforts to cut it rarely succeed. If the plans are to go ahead, new taxes have to pay for them.)
— likewise, `investing in the future´ is going to cost you more in taxes
— anyone promising to `make government more responsive´ usually means the use of voice mail will increase
— the candidate who promises to `reinvent´ or `streamline´ government will end up changing the organisation chart and declaring victory over inefficiency. (But you won´t see any difference in services.)
— promises about `controlled development´ mean new developments will continue at the same rate as now, but there will be more meetings, more regulations and more permits needed.
Finally, look out for a new word doing the rounds, `nuanced´. This means that a candidate has so many shades of contradictory opinion on a subject that you can be sure they are for you even if they are against you! (recognise any similarities with the current Govt in UK?)