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Grand Bargain

Grand Bargain  n.— «The harder part will be trying to follow that up by creating what is coming to be known in Obama circles as a Grand Bargain: getting everyone to agree to clean up the nation’s budget mess in a really big way, one that...

financial incest

financial incest  n.—Gloss: Telling one’s children about family financial affairs in such a way or to such a degree that they learn too much and become overly concerned. «While experts say the current financial crisis is a good way...

foot bullet

foot bullet  n.— «A friend of mine was handed an assignment that I often refer to as a “foot bullet.”  It’s the kind of thing that no one pays any attention to until they go to review the budget versus spend for the quarter and find...

Washington Monument ploy

Washington Monument ploy  n.— «Cynics suggest the proposed park closings are merely a bargaining tactic, a way to gain leverage in getting the budget passed. There’s even a name for it in political circles: the “Washington Monument...

four-quadrant film

four-quadrant film  n.— «But the bigger a film budget becomes, the more it’s thought necessary to attract EVERYONE to see it in order to pay off that budget (making it a “four-quadrant” film, in current parlance). So the more expensive the...

Thin Green Line

Thin Green Line  n.— «Game wardens in California are already underpaid by any standard, and stretched so thin the “Thin Green Line,” as they are called, could be known as the “Thin Dotted Line” if the budget...

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