[Ads-l] Is it *still* just me?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 12 01:20:21 UTC 2014

This one works for me without a problem.  The point is that even though Van Hollen's points may seem well-taken to the reader (e.g. to me), they didn't persuade even all that many of the congressional representatives on his side of the aisle (much less, one presumes, any Republicans).  I don't see how a "so" or "hence" would work here--you have Van Hollen's argument *for* rejecting the bill (the smelliness of the toxic assets it would welcome) and the other Dems' argument *against* rejecting it (doing so would lead to a government shutdown).  That's the work "but" is designed to do.

So even if it's not (still) just you, it's not me.


On Dec 11, 2014, at 6:03 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who opposed the 2013 bill, said he would
> the new spending measure in its current form. The change to Dodd-Frank
> coupled with the campaign finance provision makes for a toxic blend, he
> said.
> His reason for voting against it: “Each of these alone is bad for the
> public, but the combination is especially smelly,” Van Hollen said. “You’ve
> got the quid and the quo in one bill.”
> Van Hollen was one of the few Democrats willing to risk a government
> shutdown by blocking the bill.
> What in the world is happening to the semantics of English?! Shouldn't that
> "still" be "hence" or "so" or even simply nothing at all?
> -- 
> -Wilson
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