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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 ploy.” Politicians announce highly unpopular cuts, and then relent in exchange for other concessions.» —“Closing of parks undermines state’s eco-tourism industry” by Michele S. Byers Asbury Park Press (New Jersey) Apr. 9, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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