Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

July 5, 2011

‘Log Rollng’ Good and Bad



     ‘Log rolling’ good and bad…

     On reading this headline I immediately pictured loggers in Maine rolling logs down the Penobscot River each spring, the logs having been cut during the winter and piled up waiting for the spring thaw to send them downstream to the lumber mills.

     That wasn’t what the headline referred to. The editorial defined the term: vote trading. ‘I’ll vote for your tax hike if you vote for my ethanol mandate.

     My image wasn’t off, however. Logrolling is defined as rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport). The political term log rolling, as defined in the editorial, is derived from the early American practice of neighbors gathering to helpclear land by rolling off and burning felled timber.**


     Language evolves and meanings are added and changed. Still, it’s an interesting image of politicians rolling logs through the corridors of government buildings.


*’Log rolling’ good & bad, Donald J. Boudreaux, Greensburg Tribune-Review, June 29, 2011, A11



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