Imagine you create a budget. You want to eliminate wasteful, unhealthy spending in 10 years. Maybe it’s omitting the cigarettes, or the weekly case of beer, or the family-sized packs of candy and cookies. Then you put the kids, the smokers, and the beer drinkers in charge of monitoring your progress toward your goal.
And they don’t have to report on that progress for, oh, say 10 years – the year by which you want to have reached the goal. And if they miss the target? They just have to say: Yup, we missed it.