The political grandstanding in Washington over the fiscal cliff caused a lot of bother. Both for the political climate & global financial markets. It showed demonstrably how central the US capital figures in global affairs. So my line was: Washington was kicking off a fiscal whiff.

The political grandstanding in Washington over the fiscal cliff caused a lot of bother. Both for the political climate & global financial markets. It showed demonstrably how central the US capital figures in global affairs. So my line was: Washington was kicking off a fiscal whiff.