The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Lawmakers launch BUDGET talks as Washington returns to work” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-usa-fiscal-idUSBRE98N11220131017).
“U.S. lawmakers LAUNCHED AN EFFORT TO RESOLVE BUDGET DIFFERENCES in a LESS CONFRONTATIONAL fashion on Thursday as Washingtonpicked up the pieces from a political crisis that has slowed the economy and undermined the country’s international standing”. When we’re talking about “budgets” IS IT POSSIBLE to be “LESS confrontational?”
“As hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work, Republican and Democratic negotiators held their first meeting to tackle tax and spending issues that have led to repeated rounds of brinkmanship over the past three years”.
“But one day after Congress ended a 16-day government shutdown and stepped back from the edge of an unprecedented debt default, many feared that they have only set the stage for ANOTHER STANDOFF in the months to come”. That’s NOT good because we’ve had enough “standoffs” TO LAST A LIFETIME.
According to Sandria Coombs, “a contractor at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who was furloughed”, “I just HOPE (that) weDON’T have to go through this again in two months”. This is what WE’RE ALL “hoping” for.
“Speaking at the White House, Obama urged lawmakers to turn to MORE PRODUCTIVE work“, as if that’s going to happen. “He suggested an ambitious agenda including an overhaul the country’s immigration program by the end of the year (2013) and resolution of long-term budget issues. He also called for final work on a farm bill that had been sidelined by the fiscal confrontation”. “Let’s WORK TOGETHER (?) to make government WORK BETTER instead of TREATING IT LIKE AN ENEMY“. Unfortunately, THE LATTER is true: many POLITICIANS on Capitol Hill “(treat the government) LIKEN AN ENEMY“.
“Republican Representative Tom Cole from Oklahoma, who sits on the budget panel (House Budget Committee) said it is time to MOVE ON“. Cole told MSNBC: “We’ve had the fight. Now it’s time to get down and identify the things we can AGREE on“, IF ANYTHING. “Can we agree on” ANYTHING?
According to Joel Naroff, “chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania”, “The INSANITY in Washington is affecting consumer and business confidence. That’s the HUGE restraint to growth“. “insanity” is EXTREMELY NEGATIVE.
Finally, “Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told the Economic Club of New York”: “KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD for a few months WILL NOT solve the pathology of fiscal misfeasance (a LEGAL act which is PERFORMED IMPROPERLY) that UNDERMINES OUR ECONOMY and THREATENS OUR FUTURE“.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Lawmakers launch budget TALKS as Washington returns to work”. Again, we have to wonder: Will these “talks” be FRUITFUL/PRODUCTIVE? This is some POLITICIANS’ latest TALK-A-THON. On top of this, notice “budget” which implies MONEY and we know that MONEY is an EXTREMELY SENSITIVE topic for many, especially REPUBLICAN & TEA PARTY POLITICIANS.