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 http://www.sportsidioms.com:  ”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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