Hot pants, El Nino, Elite Republican Guard and now "fiscal cliff." When the national news media grabs hold of one of these slogans, they're like a dog with a bone — or your pants leg!

They won't let go and will repeat it ad infinitum, as if they know nothing else.

Then, it will go away forever. Hot pants came and went in 1971, El Nino did not lead to El Nina, the ERG turned out to be bogus (and ran). Maybe now the fiscal cliff will join the dodo in the dustbin of history.

I sure hope so. I'm sick of hearing it already.

Blaine Taylor

Towson