As the debate over whether and how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and cut the deficit droned on and on the past few weeks, lawmakers seemed to be running out of not just time before the August 2 deadline, but also out of original metaphors to brighten up their statements and positions.
Here are the top five dumbest recurring themes of the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations.
Though Congress is nothing at all like a big, happy family, they certainly are fond of family budget metaphors. Tea party favorite Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) missed the mark last week when he framed country clubs as a typical family luxury. “When someone is overextended and broke, they don’t continue paying for expensive automobiles; they sell the expensive automobiles and buy a cheaper one,” he said. “They don’t continue paying for country club dues, they drop out of the country club.”
“This is akin to a family saving $100,000 in expenses by deciding not to buy a Lamborghini and instead getting a fully loaded Mercedes when really their budget dictates that they need to stick with their perfectly serviceable Honda,” he said.
3. Washington weather forecast
Most of the country is still in the grips of summer’s heat, and Washington, D.C. itself is under siege by triple-digit temperatures, but the White House is seeing an entirely different weather forecast: Cloudy, with a chance of deficit reduction.
One member of Congress, however, was confident that negotiations would be complete before the August 2 deadline for default: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said Saturday that she was sure there would be a “ninth inning deal.”
Did we miss any tropes? What’s your favorite — or least favorite — ridiculous metaphor to have come out of the weeks of debate surrounding raising the debt ceiling and reducing the deficit? Let us know in the comments below.
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