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“The right of his party and the rightwing media are already growing impatient with him over climbdowns on policy, particularly the watering-down of reforms of the NHS under pressure from the Liberal Democrats.”
“Lansley indicated he was prepared to accept a significant watering-down of the plans to extend competition by obliging Monitor to promote it between hospitals.”
“Obama should have started with a tax proposal 100 times higher, and let the watering-down start from there.”
“Since the financial crisis, the October 2008 bailout of UBS and the watering-down of bank secrecy, voters identify far more easily with issues linked to the two big banks, according to GFS.”
“Overall, the Resource Super Profits Tax will mean earnings and valuation reductions; we expect the forthcoming consultation period with the government will be intense and can only hope for some watering-down provisions," Credit Suisse said.”
“The debate over financial reform has defied the normal laws of legislating: as the final deadline approached, the bill got tougher on Wall Street and more immune to the normal watering-down delivered by lobbyists, interest groups, and lawmakers friendly with those lobbyists and interest groups (see: the delegation from the great state of New York).”
“Hmmph. But Obama is a realist, and the truth of the matter is that a coalition of Democrats in Congress were the ones who demanded such watering-down, or else they weren't going to vote for it (meaning nothing would have passed).”
“This kind of watering-down makes it difficult for consumers to identify the truly exceptional models in a category.”
“Then, there are the educational bureaucrats who have been attempting to restructure education on a “business basis,” which results in institutions competing for students on the basis of popularity, the increasing easiness of courses and majors, and in the watering-down of curricula and the continued pressure to increase class sizes to gain economies of scale.”
“The report also sets a target that police will respond to non-emergency calls within two days - a watering-down of plans to set a target of three days which was contained in earlier drafts.”
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