(1). To weed out the meat of a presentation (a.k.a. the quote) from all of the marketing fluff.
“This all looks great, Don. But I’m having a little trouble separating the wheat from the chaff here. Can you let me know where I can find the fee? … Oh, there it is – footnote 34 in Appendix K…got it.”
(1). A gauge of viability of a political candidate’s proposals and/or credentials, generally employed by their opponent and the good people at MSNBC (if a Republican) or Fox News (if a Democrat). Historically, neither candidate passes this test…ever.
“C’mon, David…the math behind Mitt’s budget plan doesn’t pass the laugh test! Now, the President’s plan to spend trillions on programs you’ll never hear from again on the other hand…that’s real change you can believe in!”