What does a school bus driver, a garbage collector, an antiques dealer, and an oil lobbyist all have in common? According to the Department of Labor, they all have “green jobs.”

This exchange between House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa House and senior U.S. Labor Department officials is both absurd and amusing. But it’s also an important reminder that there can be a wide gap between the official government denotation of a term and its popular connotation (such as “green jobs” referring to work directly related to protecting the environment). While Governmentese may sound like English it often requires a translator to understand what a bureaucrat or politicain is really saying.

(Via: The American Spectator)