The very same people that tell us what the temperature will be in 100 years and the people that tell us the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-All are both affordable government measures are incapable of doing math (which is likely why they believe the things they believe).
Last week, MSNBC’s Brian Williams, the guy who practically embodies the term “fake news”, and NYT Editorial Board Member Mara Gay showed their inability to do even basic math or even have the intuition to check someone else’s atrocious math with a quick calculation on their phones.
The two were discussing a tweet made by someone (who originally also made a mathematical error and these two went along with it) regarding the amount of money failed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg spent on his campaign.
This is what the tweet said: “Bloomberg spent $500 million on ads. The U.S. population, 327 million. He could have given each American $1 million and have had lunch money left over.” Instead of pointing out how disastrously wrong that math was, Williams and Gay went along with it. Williams said: “It’s an incredible way of putting it.” Gay parroted that statement, saying: “It’s an incredible way of putting it. It’s true. It’s disturbing.”
And now we know why unaffordable proposals like the GND and M4A are so attractive to these people: they literally cannot do the math to find that those things really are unaffordable. They will simply hear Bernie say that he has a $40 trillion or so plan to pay for these communist proposals, even though there would still be another $30-50 trillion that would need to be spent in order to cover everything, and will believe Bernie found a way to pay for it all.
No, Brian and Mara, it’s not an “incredible way of putting it” because it’s a mathematically illiterate way to put it. It’s not “true” or “disturbing”. What’s really disturbing is these people’s clear inability to do basic math.
Even worse than that, though, is their unwillingness to verify facts (then again, this is Brian Williams and a member of the NYT editorial board, so what do I expect?). $500 million divided amongst 327 million people equals $1.53. An easy way to find this is using the calculator function in one’s own phone, inputting “500/327” and you will find the result being 1.5290, etc., 1.53, rounding up. This is because when we are discussing numbers in zeroes, those zeroes get cancelled out. 500,000,000 divided by 327,000,000 will cancel out all the zeroes, leave 500/327, and you get 1.53.
This is so simple to do that I did it in less than 5 seconds on my phone. But these two imbeciles saw that that erroneous tweet, regardless of how mathematically illiterate it is, pushed their anti-billionaire narrative and presented them with an opportunity to “dunk” on Bloomberg and his greed or whatever.
The narrative is always what’s important to these people, as shown by the fact that the person who originally tweeted that erroneous mathematical tweet DOUBLED DOWN on his error and tweeted: “blah blah math blah blah people are telling me my numbers are wrong but the point still stands: he could easily afford to give everyone $1 million and literally never notice.”
Let’s do the math, then, shall we? What’s 327 million times 1 million? If you put it in your calculator, it would show the following: 3.27x1014. That’s $327 TRILLION. According to World Population Review, the total world GDP is only $91.98 trillion. If Mike Bloomberg had $327 trillion, he would have more than 3.5 TIMES the total world GDP BY HIMSELF. So the guy is so wrong in so many ways. Primarily, in terms of his calculations. He didn’t even admit that he was wrong about his original tweet, just said that others pointed out his error. He just assumed everyone else was stupid and that Bloomberg really could give everyone in the country a million dollars and not suffer a dent in his bank account.
But here’s the funny part: even if Pythagoras over here actually was right and Bloomberg did have $327 trillion, he’d still be wrong to say it wouldn’t do anything because it would take ALL OF THAT MONEY to give everyone in the country a million dollars. So it’s absolutely wrong that Bloomberg could give everyone in America that kind of money and not suffer financially.
But again, it’s not exactly surprising that these people are so mathematically illiterate. They rely on “experts” to tell them what is and is not affordable, and generally, the “experts” on the Democrat side will say that pretty much everything is affordable and that there shouldn’t be any worries nor questions about the math being used.
Brian Williams and Mara Gay fully believed the easy-to-catch mathematical error because they either A) really did believe the math checked out, B) the narrative worked in their favor or C) a little bit (or a lot) of both. They didn’t question the math or even think to verify if it was right. Again, this is MSNBC’s Brian Williams and a member of the NYT, so facts are entirely irrelevant to these people, but still.
This only goes to show the failure of the education system in this country. GROWN ADULTS are incapable of doing basic math and are so politically biased that they don’t even think to check if a mathematical calculation could be wrong because doing so would rob them of the opportunity to spread their agenda.
Look, I wasn’t expecting either of these two to be able to do the math on their head immediately and come up with that $1.53 answer without a calculator or their phone. I, myself, had to rely on my phone to check the actual answer. But they didn’t even question it, no red flags were raised about it, nothing. They took it at face value. They didn’t stop to think “hey, that doesn’t sound right.” And it’s not just them, it’s everyone involved in that panel who also didn’t think to check because they also had an opportunity to verify and still went ahead and ran with that segment.
Not one of them thought that 500 million divided by 327 million shouldn’t still end with a million anything. Again, those zeroes cancel out when doing division. No such alarms blared in their heads at any point in time. And yet, they say they “believe in science”, or at least the “science” that pushes their Left-wing narratives, like anthropogenic climate change, the theory of evolution, and “men can be women and vice versa”.
Again, it’s plain to see just why these people support things like the GND and M4A: they literally cannot do the math to verify that they are utterly unaffordable and that heavy tax burdens and increases would have to take place in order to even remotely hope to attempt to pay for a fraction of this communist garbage.
This is also fairly clear in the fact that, when people are told that their taxes would have to increase in order to pay for Medicare-for-All, support for the socialized medicine program sinks like a rock.
And make no mistake, this is all by design. Earlier, I said it was the failure of the American education system, but given it’s been run by Leftists for half a century at this point, it clearly was intended for people to be this mathematically illiterate. Insane and unaffordable communist proposals don’t seem so insane and unaffordable when people have this level of educational deficiency.
We see that they can’t do math, and we also see that young people believe communism is a good thing because its reality is not being taught. They aren’t learning about the famines or the hardships of the Soviet Union under Stalin, Khrushchev, etc. Heck, I didn’t learn about those things either until I HAD TO LOOK THEM UP MYSELF! Wanna know what I was taught? That the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, A2 + B2 = C2, and that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 (and given his infamous status among students in this day and age, I doubt that last one will even be taught anymore). That’s it, we didn’t learn about the horrible nature of communism and its authoritarian and dictatorial nature. Everything I know about communism, I had to learn outside of school because the Marxist teachers wouldn’t dare tell the truth about that garbage philosophy: that it’s total garbage.
Williams and Gay (and Mr. Pythagoras) aren’t simply the result of a failed education system; they’re its goal. The system in place doesn’t educate our youth, it indoctrinates them.
This is why the fight against communism on American soil must begin, first at home, but then also at schools because that is where these young communists are coming from.
2 Timothy 3:13
“While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
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