Spitballing-present participle of spit·ball
Verb: Throw out (a suggestion) for discussion.
Budget deficits. National debt. Boehner’s plan. Reid’s plan. McConnell’s plan. It seems agreed we’re spending too much and need to reduce spending. All the plans call for more spending NOW, cuts LATER, which really means no cuts. And by cuts, they mean reductions in spending increases, not actual, you know, CUTS, as in LESS SPENDING, then versus now. They mean less spending than maybe we intended to spend, continuing the upward trend as it plots out today. In standard English, these aren’t CUTS, actual reductions in actual spending, but a reduced increase to projected spending. Head-achy much?
Only because I lack the time, I don’t read any science fiction these days. But growing up, it was a different story. Robert Heinlein was a staple; I even wrote a paper on his stuff going to college. Loved sci-fi (NOT Sy-Fy, whatever that means). Anyhow, from a modern day sci-fi writer comes an idea to reduce Federal spending. Here’s Jerry Pournelle:
There is a way out. It starts with cuts in Entitlements. Begin this way: from this moment, you are entitled to only 99% of what you were previously entitled to. That includes Social Security, Welfare, your pension, Medicare. Meanwhile all government salaries and benefits are reduced by 1%. Once again, these are real cuts.
It may not be as sexy as death rays and star drives, but it would begin to realistically reduce spending. He goes on to describe taking the axe to the rest of Federal excess, but this is a real starting point. And it makes a lot more sense than some of the crap the Big Guys are coming up with. After all, we’re just spitballing here.