Delay, Deny, Define, Deceive: The 4 D’s of Democrat Communication Strategy

 

The Clintons perfected the 3-D communications strategy, Delay, Deny, Deceive. The Biden Administration has added a 4th D – Define. For example, look at how the Biden Administration has handled the Inflation issue.

1) Delay – for the first year, inflation was transitory and just the result of supply chain issues… Wait it out.

2) Deny – Its oil prices. The president doesn’t have a magic lever to control the price of oil; there’s not much he can do.

3) Deceive – Biden can no longer stand still and wait for the markets to reach price equilibrium on their own. So Joe Biden must appear to do something. So a fire sale of the strategic oil reserve and a quick trip to the Middle East where he pointlessly meets with pariah heads of state. All efforts in the appearance of reducing the price of oil (with little to no expectation that these ‘efforts’ would ever be successful.) To show how serious the Biden Administration is on lowering the price of oil, the Bureau of Land Management canceled all drilling and exploration leases in Wyoming.

4) Define – The economic contraction you’re experiencing as a result of the mismanagement of the Biden administration is NOT, in fact, a recession.

All economics is theoretical until you experience them, Inflation, Recession, Unemployment, and Poverty are all theoretical until you find yourself in these conditions. That your once generous welfare checks no longer purchase, rent, electricity, and chicken in the same month.

If only Frederick Fleet had identified a large runaway mothball instead of an iceberg, the Titanic would have been just fine.

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  1. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    I could be wrong but it seems to me that the Clinton administration perfected the technique of the “late Friday afternoon announcement” in which (usually) bad news was released to the press and the Clinton Press Secretary was already out the door.

    Of course, on Monday morning, when reporters asked about the Friday press release, the reply was usually “oh, that’s old news”.

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  2. kedavis Inactive
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    Shouldn’t “Deflect” be in there too, or is that contained within one of the others?

    “Deny” would cover “this isn’t inflation” and/or “this inflation isn’t MY/OUR fault” but it may not be inclusive enough to cover “this inflation is Putin’s/Trump’s/Republicans’ fault!”

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  3. Mark Camp Member
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    OccupantCDN: All economics is theoretical until you experience them…

    All thinking about the future, including economic thinking, is theoretical until forever.

    In fact, all thinking about the past is theoretical, except for sudden, uninterpreted reliving of sights, sounds, and smells.

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  4. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN: All economics is theoretical until you experience them…

    All thinking about the future, including economic thinking, is theoretical until forever.

    In fact, all thinking about the past is theoretical, except for sudden, uninterpreted reliving of sights, sounds, and smells.

    I was thinking in broader terms, of living memory of society in general. The last 50 years has been an unusually stable economic system – no great shocks, depressions – that have made any lasting impact on the younger adults. Pick almost any other 50 year stretch of American (or western) history and I doubt you’d find anything better. Except maybe the almost 100 years in the UK between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and World War 1…

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  5. Flicker Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Shouldn’t “Deflect” be in there too, or is that contained within one of the others?

    “Deny” would cover “this isn’t inflation” and/or “this inflation isn’t MY/OUR fault” but it may not be inclusive enough to cover “this inflation is Putin’s/Trump’s/Republicans’ fault!”

    And “decry”.

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  6. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    The D’s are piling up.  How about “Defame”.  That should be right up at the top, since the media does it all day every day.

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  7. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN: All economics is theoretical until you experience them…

    All thinking about the future, including economic thinking, is theoretical until forever.

    In fact, all thinking about the past is theoretical, except for sudden, uninterpreted reliving of sights, sounds, and smells.

    I was thinking in broader terms, of living memory of society in general. The last 50 years has been an unusually stable economic system – no great shocks, depressions – that have made any lasting impact on the younger adults. Pick almost any other 50 year stretch of American (or western) history and I doubt you’d find anything better. Except maybe the almost 100 years in the UK between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and World War 1…

    As newly weds, the late ’70s were very difficult times. 

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  8. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN: All economics is theoretical until you experience them…

    All thinking about the future, including economic thinking, is theoretical until forever.

    In fact, all thinking about the past is theoretical, except for sudden, uninterpreted reliving of sights, sounds, and smells.

    I was thinking in broader terms, of living memory of society in general. The last 50 years has been an unusually stable economic system – no great shocks, depressions – that have made any lasting impact on the younger adults. Pick almost any other 50 year stretch of American (or western) history and I doubt you’d find anything better. Except maybe the almost 100 years in the UK between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and World War 1…

    As newly weds, the late ’70s were very difficult times.

    Yes, I think everyone was having a difficult time in the late 70s.

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  9. RufusRJones Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Shouldn’t “Deflect” be in there too, or is that contained within one of the others?

    “Deny” would cover “this isn’t inflation” and/or “this inflation isn’t MY/OUR fault” but it may not be inclusive enough to cover “this inflation is Putin’s/Trump’s/Republicans’ fault!”

    And “decry”.

    No kidding. 

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  10. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Shouldn’t “Deflect” be in there too, or is that contained within one of the others?

    “Deny” would cover “this isn’t inflation” and/or “this inflation isn’t MY/OUR fault” but it may not be inclusive enough to cover “this inflation is Putin’s/Trump’s/Republicans’ fault!”

    And “decry”.

    No kidding.

    It’s much easier to blame than explain.  An explanation would lead to a root cause, which at least in part includes the actions and policies of the Biden admin.

    They only worry about it if it costs them votes.  They themselves, meaning the politicians, don’t worry too much because most of them (particularly senators) have enough income where it doesn’t matter.  So it can appear to not be a big deal, other than we need to make sure we keep the votes rolling in.

    So they’ll restrict domestic oil production (through various means), and then point fingers as the price per barrel goes up, and does everything else in the supply chain that relies on domestic freight transport.  In between stops to point at the sky above them, as spittle oozes out of their steaming holes, to grunt, dazedly, at the universe that befuddles them.

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  11. Stad Coolidge
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    When I first started working for the Federal government, a coworker gave me this advice if I got caught or accused of wrongdoing:

    1. Admit nothing.
    2. Deny everything.
    3. Demand proof.

    The 4 Ds kinda reminds me of that . . .

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  12. I Walton Member
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    Economies go up and down depending on external factors, purposeful idiocies and ordinary cycles inherent in tastes, technologies, and product experiments that work or don’t.  However, this is different because of the nature of the top and the influence of the Chinese.   The top has no understanding of the country, how economies behave, how innovation is essential for robust growth and that innovation comes from  bottom up experimentation, risk taking, lots of failure and good luck.  As power is concentrated at the top, the first thing to slow and then stagnate is innovation, experimentation and the robust growth it produces.    The Chinese have extracted sufficient technologies from us to continue growth for many years if they have the wits to allow their own people to adapt and produce without too much guidance and control.   Their objective will be to crush the US before our leadership realizes what is occurring and changes.  The current leadership will continue to concentrate power in their own hands and the Chinese will help them.  If they have to crush election dynamics both will welcome it as will the bureaucracies in Washington and some of the giant states.   It is not at all clear to me that we realize how decisive and terminal the next election will be.  All  Democrats have to do is steal sufficient seats to sustain control in both houses.  If they can, it’s over for the 50 United States.  The only question is whether we’ll have the guts, preparation and ability to separate should they also steal the Presidential elections.    

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  13. RufusRJones Member
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    I hope Gary sees #12. 

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  14. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Shouldn’t “Deflect” be in there too, or is that contained within one of the others?

    “Deny” would cover “this isn’t inflation” and/or “this inflation isn’t MY/OUR fault” but it may not be inclusive enough to cover “this inflation is Putin’s/Trump’s/Republicans’ fault!”

    And “decry”.

    No kidding.

    It’s much easier to blame than explain. An explanation would lead to a root cause, which at least in part includes the actions and policies of the Biden admin.

    They only worry about it if it costs them votes. They themselves, meaning the politicians, don’t worry too much because most of them (particularly senators) have enough income where it doesn’t matter. So it can appear to not be a big deal, other than we need to make sure we keep the votes rolling in.

    So they’ll restrict domestic oil production (through various means), and then point fingers as the price per barrel goes up, and does everything else in the supply chain that relies on domestic freight transport. In between stops to point at the sky above them, as spittle oozes out of their steaming holes, to grunt, dazedly, at the universe that befuddles them.

    Yes – like the recent college loan forgiveness – a carrot before the mid-terms.  There are so many red flags that this is all not going to end well, I can’t even imagine. 

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  15. Stad Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I hope Gary sees #12.

    Blinders . . .

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