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  •  I should have been clearer. (17+ / 0-)

    I do think they will reference it in stories from time to time. What they won't do is pick it up as the standard term for this kind of law (as they have done with "right to work")  because they will regard it as too tendentious.

    Their use might typically be something like, "The protesters are rallying against laws they have started calling 'right to mooch' instead of the often used 'right to work'.

    On the other hand they would have no problem with saying something like, "Last night two states enacted right to work laws in their respective legislatures" without any need for clarification or qualfication. It is doubtful we would ever see the symetrical, "Last night two states enacted right to mooch laws in their respective legislatures" where the designation is used as a standard term for this body of laws.

    The best that could be hoped for, IMHO, is that the term "right to mooch" would become so pervasive in informal usage that to use the term "right to work" uncritically would begin to be perceived as one-sided and they might be forced to find a new, less biased term for their standard useage. However I don't think it is too likely this would happen, but we can hope.

    Just so there is no misunderstanding, I do enthusiastically endorse the use of "right to mooch" exclusively on our side until someone comes up with a better term. I would like to see it used on signs and in interviews whenever and as often as possible.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 11:55:57 AM PST

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