Congress Punts on Taxes

Wall Street Journal:  Friday, September 24, 2010

Congress Punts on Taxes

Democrats Put Off Showdown on Bush Cuts Until After November Election”

WASHINGTON-“Democrats abandoned plans to vote before Election Day on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class while eliminating them for better-off Americans,…”

One cannot say that the Democrats “dropped the ball”.  They are waiting before making a decision.  Technically, when a team punts the ball in American football it kicks it to the opposing team, in this case the Republicans. Punting (to punt) is a football term. A team punts (kicks the ball to the opposing team)  during a “4th down” of a football game.  (See alphabitized list in  ”to kick the ball to the opposing team, usually on the fourth down, when the ball needs to be turned over to the opposing team.”)



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