Jason McCollim with his K9 Manhunters Sookie and Indie Anna
Jason is Spokane’s very own voice of classic rock. Jason has been a local fixture on Spokane’s radio waves for over a decade, and a Jack-of -all-trades within the radio community.
The start of Jason’s radio career may have began behind the control board, but it wasn’t long before his many other talents began to get some recognition. Today, Jason is not only a recognizable hometown, homegrown voice on Spokane’s 98.9 KKZX, but Jason also works behind the scenes as the Program Director of 1280 FOX Sports.
In 2010 Jason joined Inland Empire Bloodhounds Search and Rescue, a Non-Profit Organization that trains Bloodhounds for Search and Rescue Operations with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. In 2011 and 2012 Jason served as the Vice President of Inland Empire Bloodhounds and Communications Office of the Spokane SAR Council.
Over the course of his involvement with Search and Rescue, Jason’s had the opportunity to work with some of the America’s Top Police and SAR K9 trainers including; Kelli Collins, Sandy Stuart, Pam Nyberg, John Salem, Kevin Baughn and the leading expert in Police Bloodhounds, Jeff Schettler.
This term is being pushed by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “If you don’t do anything, it becomes a very, very large adjustment in both tax revenue and spending over a long period of time,” O’Donnell said on his show last week. “But over the course of the few weeks that we will have done this before Congress fixes it, it will be a minor step off a curb. And it’s all fixable retroactively.”
“Slope,” like “curb,” has a gentler ring to it than “cliff.” Popular among Democrats (like a few of the terms here), the concept of a “slope” makes economic crisis seem less immediate. "Liberals aren't so troubled by the idea of the Bush-era tax cuts expiring; if the rates returned to their pre-2001 levels, Democrats could then push for tax cuts for just the lower and middle brackets without having to persuade Republicans to violate that pesky Grover Norquist pledge," explains Jon Healey in the L.A. Times. "Nevertheless, the left argues that slashing federal spending will choke off the recovery. So Democrats have started using phrases such as the 'fiscal slope' to describe the looming problem."
Possibly the least resonant of the options. The “fiscal obstacle course” wasproposed as an alternative by Mattea Kramer and Chris Hellmann, writing in Mother Jones and TomDispatch: “In fact, if you were choosing an image based on the coming fiscal dust-up, it probably wouldn't be a cliff but an obstacle course — a series of federal spending cuts and tax increases all scheduled to take effect as 2013 begins. And it's true that, if all those budget cuts and tax increases were to go into effect at the same time, an already weak recovery would probably sink into a double-dip recession.”
A phrase favored by Ezra Klein and proposed by Suzy Khimm of The Washington Post. “Because we don’t know how financial markets will react, we can’t say whether the speed with which this will happen makes it more like a ‘cliff’ or a ‘staircase’ or a ‘slope,’ but we can say that, if it isn’t resolved pretty quickly, it’ll be a crisis,” Klein explained on his blog.
First coined by Talking Points Memo’s Brian Beutler after the Congressional Budget Office put out its research on the coming devastation of the economy. “A giant austerity bomb is timed to go off at the beginning of next year, and the threat of significantly higher taxes and lower spending has Republicans running around the Capitol sounding more like John Maynard Keynes than John Boehner,” Beutlerwrote.
As argued in The Atlantic: “But there is no cliff, and there is no abyss. There's just an overly aggressive diet, foisted on us by a political system divided between two very different ideas of how we should collect and spend money, that will slowly emaciate the recovery in 2013. Right now, we don't need a deal, by any means necessary. We need the right diet for 2013.”