We thought it was a rather timely one-word title! Now a Politico headline confirms it:
War of word: ‘Balance’By JONATHAN ALLEN | 3/20/13 5:15 PM EDT
Washington’s budget writers are waging war over a single word: “balanced.”
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls his new fiscal blueprint a “balanced plan.” Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Wednesday that her version is a “truly balanced approach.”
… Is it the “balanced approach” of the Democrats, which seeks to narrow —but not close —deficits with a mix of tax increases and spending cuts? Or is it the “balanced budget” that Republicans now seek, which purports to create a surplus of $7 billion in 2023?
Republicans are playing catch-up with Obama, who framed his “balanced approach” formulation during the 2011 debt-limit debate and rode it straight through the election last fall. And they recognize that — as Obama would say — words matter.