a modest proposal


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a modest proposal

An extreme, unorthodox, and often provocative or distasteful remedy to a complex problem, generally suggested humorously or satirically. (An allusion to Jonathan Swift's 1729 essay A Modest Proposal, in which he suggests that the poor of Ireland could alleviate their woes by selling their children as food.) Here's a modest proposal, then: we create a hunting reserve where the world's wealthiest serve as game for the world's poorest, and for each hunter who makes a successful kill, their home country receives the wealth and assets of their prey.
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At the end of this exploration, a modest proposal to reduce the suspected differential outcome of what is assumed about the equity of benefit distribution of Social Security, and the actual distribution of benefits of this so-called entitlement program.
All right, maybe that's not such a modest proposal.