For this week’s featured answer, we turn to the sexy topic of US fiscal policy. In between leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches and drafting up your holiday wishlist, you may have heard of our nation’s pending doom on New Year’s Eve, also known as the fiscal cliff.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke coined the term last winter and reporters have latched on. After all, what better way to spice up a snorefest like fiscal policy than to turn it into a doomsday prophecy like careening off a cliff?
You can read hundreds of articles and essays about the topic, but if you want a quick 30-second answer, we’re here:
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I’m currently an undergraduate in the Physical Sciences stream at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.
What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
My username at Answers.com is VigorousChemist. When I was in high school in the Advanced Level of Mathematics stream, I became famous for solving exam questions in chemistry in a relatively short time. My friends gave me this nickname after I got only one incorrect response in a span of 30 minutes on a two hour exam.
What enticed you to join our community?
While I and my classmates were doing academic work, we used the Internet for immediate reference. On many occasions – actually almost all occasions – we landed on the Answers.com page. I decided that one day I would contribute to Answers.com! I signed up on April 29th in 2012, although prior to that time I contributed as an anonymous user. The credits of enticement should go to my friends and search engines.
Who is your favorite poet? What is your favorite poem and why?
My favorite poet is Wendy Whatmore. My favorite poem is “Island Spell” by the same author, and it is written about my home country, Sri Lanka. The poetic devices and techniques used there are awesome!
Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’? Why?
Actually I believe it depends on the context. As an example, when results are given on an exam, I’d like to see the glass as ‘half filled’. But when I’m practicing something, such as a performance for a recital, I usually like to see the ‘half empty’ glass, because it can be further filled by continuous effort!
What is your favorite quote and why?
“A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new,” by Albert Einstein. I believe that I may make many mistakes in life (although I try to refrain), so I am practicing to be patient in all circumstances when dealing with others.
Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My parents, all of my teachers, and my sister are among the persons who support me in all my activities.
Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
I would like to visit the Amazon Rainforest. The beauty of nature, the colorful surroundings rich with natural and clean air, and its solemnity would make me happy and light hearted!
What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?