Congress And The NFL Are Still Punting

Even though there has been a lockout in the NFL (National Football League), there is a lot of punting going on.  

Fourth down and punt:  Everyone in the government is doing it and it’s not even football season; there is a lot of  bargaining, and perhaps the punts will work.  We certainly hope so.  But who is going to catch the ball?

The newspapers are full of the debt limit crisis, which will either resolve itself with some action or cast the U. S. and its citizens, and perhaps the world,  into a financial crisis without precedence.

From David Brooks of the New York Times, Opinion, July 21, 2011:

“… Doing nothing could lead to default and the end of American economic supremacy. The compromise put together by Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, that’s been floating around is a ploy to evade responsibility. Punting with some small package would spook the markets and reflect dishonor on yourself.”

“The (U.S.) Financial Overhaul Has It’s Defender in Chief”  from DealBook,  by Ben Protess, NY Times Business, July 21, 2011:

” A year ago, Barney Frank notched the biggest win of this three-decade Congressional career, as he ushered the financial regulatory overhaul that bears his name into law (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Cosumer Protection Act).”

According to the article, “lobbyists are trying to undo or significantly weaken the law.”

“Some critics of the law contend hat it skimped on the details, leaving regulatory agencies with too heavy a burden.  Mr. Frank said Congress had no other choice.  ‘We didn’t punt anything,’  he said.  ‘Its precisely because we knew we couldn’t get everything exactly right that we did leave room for the regulators.’

Apparently it wasn’t fourth down for Mr. Frank.

(Sports metaphors are in italics in this blog.  To look up this particular metaphor, go to http://www.sportsmetaphors.com and click on punt.)

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