Reporters’ repeating PR language for government programs is a pet peeve of mine.

Note this closing paragraph, reported as fact, at the end of Melanie DaSivla’s WPRI report on Rhode Island officials’ glee at the anticipated influx of borrowed money for infrastructure from the federal government:

The transformational legislation will also create millions of good-paying, union jobs across the country, reduce inflationary economic pressures, and ease supply chain bottlenecks.

I’m tempted to generalize this to younger generations’ conflation of stated intent with probable outcome (at least when they feel like they’re on the same side as the speaker), but I don’t want to cross that older-middle-age line just yet.

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