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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Can or Card Kicking

Every governor has his or her favorite phrases.
"My sense is," was often used by former Gov. Jim Blanchard.
Ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm would complete a sentence and as
she segued to her next though she often said, "Sooo."
The current governor has developed a bunch of his own
including "my view is; kicking the can down the road; a house of
cards," and when he's about to repeat something he said earlier, he
uses, "There again…"
Well once these catch phrases get woven into their patter,
they are often used without even thinking about them.
Gov. Snyder had one of those days on Monday.
His "can kicking" thing tells audiences that he is fed up
with just delaying a problem by kicking the can down the road and its
time to start solving the problems.
The "house of cards' is used to describe the shaky nature of
Michigan's budget.
So it was only a matter of time before the two got intertwined.
While commenting on the senior pension tax, which he claimed
was not a pension tax per but "the elimination of an exclusion for
pension income," he opined it was time to stop "kicking the house of
cards down the road."
It whizzed by so fast he didn't notice it, but there it was.
No one thought to ask him at the time, if the house of cards
was in a can when he was kicking it down the road?
Maybe next time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skubick has NEVER mixed a metaphor. Ever.

March 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM 

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