Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Meaningless Numbers; The Fuzzy Math of John Thune

It appears that the Republican Party's message has been reduced to making a little kids game about how the stimulus package is a bunch of money. This was cool, back when I was in third grade. Yesterday we had Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky/4th grade) observing that if you paid a $1 million every day between now and the day Jesus was born, you wouldn't get to a $1 trillon. This is just a clever way of saying there are not 1 million days between now and December 25th, 1 BCE. It's cutesy, but it doesn't mean anything; if you gave $1 million to a different person each day, you wouldn't even get the population of metro Cincinatti, let alone McConnell's home state. Now we have John Thune (R-SD/2nd grade) observing that if you stacked $1 trillion of $100 bills, it would reach 689 miles into space. Scary! But if you stacked the human population of the United States, they would reach almost 60,000 miles. That's almost 100 times higher! So I guess according to Thune's logic, we need much more stimulus, not less.

Mitch McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader. John Thune is frequently mentioned as a potential Republican Presidential candidate. How did this happen?
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