What does writing the bill with a "double meat ax" mean?
I found the phrase double meat ax in today's Washington Post article, House approves dramatic cuts in federal spending in 235-189 vote, dealing with last night's House vote on drastic federal budget cuts.
I know the meaning of double ax as a double-bladed ax, but I don't know double meat ax, and why the phrase was used with quotation marks, which suggests the writer used the phrase with special implication. Can you tell me exactly what writing the bill with a "double meat ax" means? The text reads:
During the bleary-eyed final roll call at 4:35 a.m., 235 Republicans were joined by no Democrats in support of dramatic spending reductions that they said were needed to address a soaring annual deficit of $1.6 trillion; 189 Democrats—as well as three Republicans—opposed it, accusing Republicans of writing the bill with a "double meat ax."