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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What is Wrong With This Sentence?

From Politico:
With the president’s year-end deadline for health care reform looming, congressional Democrats know they’ll almost certainly have to short-circuit the legislative process to get the bill done.
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  1. If you are a liberal there's nothing wrong with that sentence because the ends always justify the means.

  2. Oh I don't know where to begin on how wrong that sentence is.

  3. What's wrong?

    It implies incorrectly that they have not been short-circuiting everything in sight since they took over.

  4. 1. The president's year end deadline is completely arbitrary;
    2. Reform is a misnomer when it costs a trillion bucks and there are still millions of people uninsured;
    3. "Short circuit the legislative process" implies they don't have the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster so they're going to use the reconciliation process to pass what everybody knows is a disastrously bad bill.

  5. I don't know, but there is almost certainly something wrong with it.

  6. That's exactly what criminals do when they want to break into the bank. They 'short-circuit' the security system.

    What can we do to stop them?

  7. What's wrong with the sentence is that the editors at Politico see nothing wrong with the sentence.

  8. Since when does a President set an agenda deadline?

    What is wrong is that the person who wrote that sentence sees nothing wrong with ramming something up someone's butt......

  9. I think about the only thing that ISN'T wrong is the spelling and grammar.