As I noted below, Paul Ryan’s proposed budget for next year will adopt the policy of ending Medicare.Â Of course, we should expect the right wing’s talking points to say that it’s not ending Medicare — it’s just “reforming” it, or “transforming” it, or “modernizing” it etc. etc.
This led commenter “Calling All Toasters” to suggest that
This plan doesnâ€™t end Medicare in the same way that being cut up into steaks doesnâ€™t end the cow.
The literary possibilities are enormous here.Â A couple of years ago, after Dick Cheney said that he didn’t question Nancy Pelosi’s patriotism but rather her judgment, I invited readers to finish this line: “Dick Cheney questioning someone else’s judgment is like __________.”Â The consensus winner was “Jeffrey Dahmer criticizing a restaurant menu.”
So we can now try another pattern.Â Finish this sentence:
Paul Ryan’s budget plan reforms Medicare in the same way that _________________
Have at it.
UPDATE: Reader Mark Kleiman points out that this form is that of a simile, not a metaphor.Â I have updated.