Potomac Math

Monday, August 1st, 2011 2:28 pm by mikeinvaldosta

Compromise is an American politician’s preferred method of calculating. The hard science of math has no room for emotion in its results. 1 + 1 always equals 2. It is a provable scientific fact. It is also too rigid and limiting for a politician. Therefore math must also be compromised. Like principles, there is no place for hard and rigid rules in Washington; therefore scientific math has been replaced by the math of compromise.

Take, for example, the “History making compromise” President Obama made with Republicans, or vice versa depending upon one’s perspective, there is no actual decline in spending.

No plan under serious consideration cuts spending in the way you and I think about it.  Instead, the “cuts” being discussed are illusory, and are not cuts from current amounts being spent, but cuts in projected spending increases.  This is akin to a family “saving” $100,000 in expenses by deciding not to buy a Lamborghini, and instead getting a fully loaded Mercedes, when really their budget dictates that they need to stick with their perfectly serviceable Honda.  But this is the type of math Washington uses to mask the incriminating truth about their unrepentant plundering of the American people.

The saddest part of Washington’s compromised math is the complete and utter support it receives from the press. The very press the Founding Fathers sought to protect in the Constitution. The very press the Founding Fathers expected to keep politicians honest and in check. The very press that is currently throwing a hissy fit due to the suggestions government’s growth be slowed, not halted, not cut.

It is no wonder Fox News has nearly eclipsed all of its competitors combined.

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