Final Word from Wednesday, February 25, 2009



"Warning sign, warning sign," sang the Talking Heads, "I see it but I pay it no mind." Czechs think they're getting a raw deal because foreign publications such at The Economist and Financial Times are tossing the CR into the same basket as the more-vulnerable economies of Central Europe, such as Hungary and Poland. Instead of heeding the warning, Czech officials are crying foul. Their protests might win sympathy at home, but it'll be a hard sell internationally. Access to foreign capital is going to get tighter, which means government spending needs to be cut back. Barack Obama called a fiscal summit this week for looking at how to end wasteful or ineffective U.S. government programs, eliminate no-bid contracts, reform the defense budget and root out waste, fraud and abuse in the medical system. Sounds like just the right agenda for the next session of Topolánek's National Economic Council.[Czech Republic state of the economic union Mirek NERV]

Glossary of difficult words

to pay something no mind - not to pay attention to something;

raw deal - unfair or harsh treatment;

to heed - to pay attention to, take notice of;

to cry foul - to protest strongly against a real or imagined injustice;

a hard sell - something difficult to achieve or to win acceptance for;

no-bid contract - a government contract for which no open competition or tender is held;

to root out - to find and get rid of something regarded as harmful or dangerous.

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