“Cut Cut Cut”? Not Not Not

Many pieces of US legislation are given clever names to increase their appeal. An excellent example is the 2001 “Act to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes” that is better known today by the acronym USA PATRIOT ACT. Almost two decades later, the suggested name of another legislative act has made the news. In an effort to draw positive attention to an upcoming financial act, the current president suggested the name: “The Cut-Cut-Cut Act”. Instead of inspiring broad support, the suggested name spawned widespread ridicule. As a result, lawmakers have lobbied to scrap the onomastic proposal and name the act instead after its sponsor-in-chief.