Kirk Adams, the human sound bite

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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.

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