Who is Kicking the Can Down the Road?

New York Times OP-ED Friday, February 8, 2013

Kick That Can, by Paul Krugman

“John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, claims to be exasperated.  ‘ At some point, Washington has to deal with its spending problem’, he said Wednesday. ‘I’ve watched them kick the can down the road for 22 years since I’ve been here.  I’ve had enough.  It’s time to act.” 

Mr. Krugman believes that it would be “irresponsible and destructive not to kick the can down the road” …that fiscal austerity should wait until the economy has recovered, and the Fed can once again cushion the impact.”   

Kicking the can, for me, was a child’s game we played in San Francisco on a flat street with drains, our goals for the cans. “This was a team sport with the greatest degree of chaos–a combination of soccer and general mayhem.  A team would attempt to cross the other’s goal, body contact was not unknown and tripping was endemic.”  The Argonaut: Journal of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society,” Ken Sproul

It seems that Mr. Boehner has used the term a couple of times, as reported in newspapers.  Who is going to kick what can into what Democratic or Republican goal?  Who will be on the offense?  Who on the defense?

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