Does nothing shock the public anymore? In yet more Orwellian redefinition of language, Christine Romer, head of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, said the other day that in order to reduce the deficit, the government needs to spend more. If that doesn't qualify as newspeak, nothing does. But it's worse than that: The president himself said during the State of the Union that he wants to freeze discretionary spending. So, it's double talk newspeak! She also said the almost $800 billion "stimulus" is working (ABCNews.com). That tops U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) definition of "good news." If 9.7 percent unemployment is "working" I'd hate to see what she thinks a failure is.

Christine Romer: Does she know up from down or know it and not care?