It's a cliff! It's a slope! It's… too many metaphors!

Power of Metaphor: if Congress goes over the "fiscal cliff", economists warn it will plunge the economy downward.
Power of Metaphor: if Congress goes over the "fiscal cliff", economists warn it will plunge the economy downward.

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As the economic situation in the U.S. becomes more complicated, politicians frequently reach for elaborate metaphors.