Some people play with words to an extent that it is difficult to know the difference between the truth and lies.
If a business reduce the benefit significantly last year, can they now say that the action has benefited the customers, because they do not need to reduce the benefit further this year?
Similarly, can the government, after increasing tax and levy, now give a smal rebate and say that they are benefitting the taxpayer with the rebate?
I agree with your view. It is now quite difficult to tell the difference between honesty and dishonesty. Mr. S Rajaratnam once said that there are difference between "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth". We have to learn what is the "whole truth".