Maggie Gallagher

"Risky" takes you to such dangerous possibilities as: perilous, fraught with danger, hazardous, dicey, iffy, chancy.

And "scheme"? Well, we'll have to settle for ho-hum words like policy, plan, design, course of action, approach, stroke of policy, proposed line of action, program, agenda.

Try it yourself at home kids. Take one adjective, add two nouns and shake. Maybe the Dems will denounce the next GOP tax cut as an "iffy forced loan-rebate plan," a "dicey Danegeld stroke of policy" or perhaps a "perilous voter ransom agenda."

No wait, hold the presses. Under "rash" I have it. Next time Clinton and the Dems want to denounce GOP tax relief, they can call it a "light, frivolous, airy, breezy, flippant, giddy, devil-may-care, harum-scarum, slaphappy, trigger-happy, irresponsible, reckless, regardless, couldn't-care-less, don't-care, damning the consequences, lunatic, wanton, wild ... tax contrivance."

After that nobody will dare ask Washington for any of their own money back, right?


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.