Just when you think you’ve seen the utter depths of Republican cynicism, along comes a right wing flack like Frank Luntz to take it even lower: How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street.
Luntz is now advising the Republican Governors Association on how to properly lie to the American public about Occupy Wall Street, and how to keep the working class in their places.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Republican Governors Association met this week in Florida to give GOP state executives a chance to rejuvenate, strategize and team-build. But during a plenary session on Wednesday, one question kept coming up: How can Republicans do a better job of talking about Occupy Wall Street?
“I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and one of the nation’s foremost experts on crafting the perfect political message. “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”
Luntz offered tips on how Republicans could discuss the grievances of the Occupiers, and help the governors better handle all these new questions from constituents about “income inequality” and “paying your fair share.”
The dishonesty is stunning — or it would be if I were still capable of being stunned by right wing dishonesty. Get a load of this piece of advice from Luntz:
Don’t say ‘bonus!’
Luntz advised that if they give their employees an income boost during the holiday season, they should never refer to it as a “bonus.”
“If you give out a bonus at a time of financial hardship, you’re going to make people angry. It’s ‘pay for performance.’”