Kirk Adams, the human sound bite


by David Safier

Kirk Adams has an op ed in today's Republic about the wonders of the Republican budget. Since it's all about the sound bites, I figured I would eliminate the filler and get down to what the op ed is all about.

  • "honest and responsible budget"
  • "path to recovery"
  • "tough decisions"
  • "rightsize state government"
  • "we've done the hard work"
  • "make government more responsible and accountable"
  • "common-sense approaches"
  • "lasting and important reform that saves taxpayers money and modernizes public policy"
  • "protect education and public safety while making lasting reforms to our unsustainable Medicaid entitlement programs"
  • "a lot of fearmongering and inflammatory rhetoric about this budget by the voices of stagnation and mediocrity"
  • "They want to continue to kick the can down the road and avoid the tough choices that will provide a stable economic environment for job recovery"
  • "hard choices"
  • "we've had the courage to get the job done"

Reminds me of an e e cummings poem that begins:

“next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims’ and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn’s early

and ends:

they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?”

He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water

UPDATE: Forgive me for being derelict in my duty. I should have mentioned my suspicion the heavy-handed rhetoric belongs to none other than The Scarp — Daniel Scarpinato, who is the communications guy for the Republican state reps. His fingerprints — verbal overkill bordering on self satire — are all over this thing.