“A certificate of political poverty,” meaning the budgetary brinksmanship done by a fraction of one political party in the U.S. Congress, which seemed to one German reporter to be evidence that the U.S. has neglected long-overdue political reforms. Such as electoral reforms that would shift legislators’ focus from fundraising to legislating, e.g. by capping donations and limiting campaigns to several weeks instead of two to four years.
Another German reporter said the U.S. has been “hammeling” from one jerry-rigged makeshift stopgap provisorium to the next for five years now. “Hammeln” sounds like an interesting word but its translation is not yet apparent from online wikis.
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