Maybe we expect too much from our leaders. A human being can only do so much and have the mental capacity to perform a finite amount of tasks, some more then others, to be sure. But a certain minimum standard for the very basics would be nice, a 5th grade level in math, maybe some college prep classes in economics, a geography and world civ. class, Geese Louise, stuff to know just so that these guys don’t look as dumb as a box of Bidens to the rest of the world.
MSNBC’s latest foray into sniffing Foxnews’ jock strap, Al Sharpton, got a bit confused with percentages:
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not equating Al with any real “leaders”, I’m mean he probably knows the best rib joints and donut shops in Harlem, and is just super at defamation and jumping on band wagons with broken wheels and no substance, but hardly a leader of anything.
But this does provide more fodder for the simple assumption that progressives have such difficulty with math, some case examples.
Obama, in defending Obamacare said this:
Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, President Obama said that ObamaCare will reduce health insurance premiums by “3,000 percent.” Considering that a 50 percent decrease in premiums would mean that we’d be paying half as much as we now pay for health insurance and that a 100 percent decrease in premiums would mean that we’d be paying nothing for health insurance, President Obama is telling us that insurance companies will actually start paying us money to keep our health insurance.
Sounds like a good deal, where can I sign up?
Tornado math is pretty hard as well:
Barack Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died.
The death toll was 12.
OK, I know what you are saying, these are fairly large numbers, we can’t expect our Best and Brightest to be Einstein all over the place, fair enough, how about numbers less then ten?
You can buy a nice Chinese built calculator at the dollar store, and they are real small, pocket size, can’t these giants of influence pack one of them around and consult before engaging mouth?
This is one of those conundrums that has me totally flummoxed. I get that they routinely deal in broad sweeping generalizations, but the minutia of numbers, accurate numbers, will go a long way in proving competency. Maybe that is why I still struggle linking those two words, progressives and competency.