It's apparently easy for statements from radicals to be misunderstood. And that may be an understatement. And the proper one is — who can understand a statement like "Balancing the budget and setting the tax rates accordingly?" It's so strange.
Maybe it will help in my mock campaign for president if I'm not so academic. I coined the world "frantacide" the other day in order to describe my impressions of "The West Wing" TV series. It means egocentric, savior-oriented politicians running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. At the local level they used to call them "flaming ducks."
Dealing with a crisis seems to "make the day" of many a politician. And I've often wondered if there was no fire, if they'd run out and set one.
So it is that "being up to your neck in alligators and having no time to drain the swamp" can become a way of life (a Linus blanket).