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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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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will prioritize the evaluation of the P350-billion unsolicited proposal of Naia Consortium for the redevelopment and expansion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), as it strictly follows the rules under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) law.
It was Batongbacal who first revealed China's proposal to name five undersea features in Philippine Rise in recent years.
27 reiterated its long standing rule that, when it comes to proposal submissions, "late" means "late."
Those communications skills are called upon every time you create and present a proposal. Professionals, including management accountants, write proposals for a variety of reasons.
AICPA members are encouraged to review this important proposal. Comments are due to IFAC by Apr.
The Episcopal Church's presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and a group of bishops announced in early December a proposal that would result in the appointment of a "primatial vicar" for those dioceses that feel they cannot accept her leadership.
The original statutory proposal, which was the subject of substantial public comment, including those from TEI, was revised to require taxpayers to report a "compilation of state return data" to each state.
In an attempt to overcome the perceived obstacle of destination-based sourcing for intrastate sales, Utah (on behalf of Texas) submitted a proposal to the SST Governing Board to amend the SSUTA to give member states the option of sourcing local sales taxes under their own state laws.
It is also planning to reconsider the proposal on temporary workers in the light of discussions on other proposals, especially the Services Directive.
Notice of the proposal, affording interested persons an opportunity to submit comments, has been published (70 Federal Register 38,930 (2005)).
The McCain/Kennedy bill adapts key elements of President Bush's January 2004 "immigration reform" proposal, which offered (in Mr.
Proposal writing is a vital skill that many business owners haven't mastered.
They are often writing a proposal for the first time in their careers.