Using a TV Scriptwriters’ Technique to Solve the US Budget Crisis

Dilbert creator Scott Adams: “[The technique is] called ‘the bad version.’ When you feel that a plot solution exists, but you can’t yet imagine it, you describe instead a bad version that has no purpose other than stimulating the other writers to imagine a better version.” Adams suggests some “bad version” ideas for convincing the wealthy to pay higher taxes.

Source: Wall Street Journal (!) 01/30/11