An Unprecedented Leveling of the Playing Field

By June 30, 2010Miscellaneous

Watching the House floor debate today, heard a familiar phrase, a member claiming we need a “level playing field” for some reason having to do with financial regulation.

Very familiar. Could it be the most popular cliche?

We find 300 separate usages in this session’s Congressional Record, for everything from formaldehyde to the First Amendment. The 10 most recent:

1 . SMALL BUSINESS LENDING FUND ACT OF 2010–MOTION TO PROCEED–Resumed — (Senate – June 29, 2010)
2 . REAFFIRMING FRIENDSHIP AND ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND COLOMBIA — (Extensions of Remarks – June 24, 2010)
3 . FORMALDEHYDE STANDARDS FOR COMPOSITE WOOD PRODUCTS ACT — (Extensions of Remarks – June 24, 2010)
4 . HONORING RON GETTELFINGER FOR HIS LEADERSHIP OF THE UAW — (Extensions of Remarks – June 24, 2010)
5 . PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5175, DEMOCRACY IS STRENGTHENED BY CASTING LIGHT ON SPENDING IN ELECTIONS ACT — (House of Representatives – June 24, 2010)
6 . DEMOCRACY IS STRENGTHENED BY CASTING LIGHT ON SPENDING IN ELECTIONS ACT — (House of Representatives – June 24, 2010)
7 . TAX EXTENDERS — (Senate – June 24, 2010)
8 . AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT OF 2010 — (Senate – June 24, 2010)
9 . SUPPORT THE DURBIN AMENDMENT — (House of Representatives – June 23, 2010)
10 . FORMALDEHYDE STANDARDS FOR COMPOSITE WOOD PRODUCTS ACT — (House of Representatives – June 23, 2010)

Here’s the full list.

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