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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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Once we have completed the determination assignment of strengths, inadequacies, and deficiencies to each proposal, we need to assess the subfactors and assign color ratings to each.
When you find a match-up of a great idea with a project manager of Jan's caliber, you don't ask a lot of questions or nit-pick over the proposal.
While that may work from time to time, experts say a more efficient approach would involve the request for proposal (RFP) process.
The letter follows up on a March 3, 2004, meeting with the IRS during which the proposal was discussed.
The first proposal broadens and extends the AICPA's current authority regarding "automatic" sanctions.
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As we go to press, President Clinton has just launched another big conservation idea, a proposal to protect up to 40 million acres of national forest roadless areas as part of his Administration's conservation legacy (see page 12).
1, 1999, the President submitted to Congress his Fiscal Year 2000 Budget proposal.
During discussions of a proposal to investigate archaeological remains in Ethiopia's Middle Awash Valley, rumors surfaced that a co-worker of the grant applicants--a geologist already leading 2k field researchers at the Ethiopian site -- was working undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency.
NASDAQ National Market: NHHC), a provider of home health care and staffing services in the Northeast, today reported that the Special Committee of its Board of Directors met on Friday, February 16, 2007 and recommended unanimously to the Board of Directors that the previously announced proposal by Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc.
Notice of the proposal, affording interested persons an opportunity to submit comments, has been given in accordance with the Bank Merger Act and the Board's Rules of Procedure.
Ledford said confusion among citizens has risen from the Lancaster tax debate and from Baca's tax proposal.
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They also said it would confuse voters with their own proposal to give council members a third four-year term.
Notice of the proposal, affording interested persons an opportunity to submit comments, has been published (70 Federal Register 38,930 (2005)).