It signalizes the boiling down of a complicated issue into a sound bite which we, the apathetic rabble, can comprehend. It also provides a last, best opportunity to spin the story.
In combination with another awful phrase, the "take-home message", it provides a low-IQ doggie-bag for the uninterested or impatient.
From Rabbi Berel Wein, via Talmud study at our temple...
An astrophysicist in conversation with a rabbi opined: "It seems that all of religion essentially boils down to: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
The rabbi answered: "One might look at it that way. If so, then one might also believe that all of astrophysics boils down to: "Twinkle, twinkle little star."
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