When In Trouble, Blame The Hortatory SubjunctiveIt follows, of course, on the heels of all the posts on Language Log and elsewhere about 'passive tense' and such. The quote in question was:
Until extensive rehabilitation of their performance occurs, they will not be getting promoted and will not be getting bonuses or special awards or anything of that nature.The speaker claimed she meant to 'invoke the hortatory subjunctive' here. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) is quoted as calling this "common future tense".
I know that the pros over at Language Log will pick this up, so let's just leave it to them.