Of Budgets, Battleships and Other Wordplay
March 29th, 2007

State Senator Thomas K. Duane joked that there’s some “theater” involved in the budget process. Judging by their language, inspired reporters writing about the negotiations seem to agree.

The New York Times documents the “darkness” of the process with a little “wiggling” and “lamenting.”

The New York Sun has one article describing Albany’s “confusion,” “groping” and “kicked up dust,” as well as another unsettling article of bruising and braking.

The New York Daily News describes the process’s “striking,” “pounding” and “grabbing,” all in an effort to turn the “ship” that is New York around.

The New York Times‘s active prose on the subject also features a “steamroller,” “hardball,” and more sailing.

For Newsday the issue is about “striving,” “bare bones” and “open doors.”

New York 1 covers the need for “ironing,” “huddling” and “conceptualizing” on the negotiations.

The Times Union explains the “wrangling,” “looming” and “softening” going on at the capital.

Another Time Union article on the budget emphasizes the difficulty of the “writing process,” but perhaps Spitzer summarized it best with “you do not turn a battleship inside a bathtub.”

By on March 29, 2007, 11:17 am
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One Response to “Of Budgets, Battleships and Other Wordplay”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Just give me a detailed spreadsheet so I can see what actually happened.

    Before passing judgement, I’ll probably wait a few years until actual revenue and expenditure data is available even at that.

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