22 November 2010
I never have understood Republican math. It just doesn't seem to follow the same rules as the math I was taught in grade school, high school or even college. The Republicans tell us that all our governmental problems are caused by the government spending too much money, thus creating too large a deficit.
But they have a solution -- just cut taxes for the richest Americans (they ones who can most afford to pay taxes). Somehow they think that the government receiving less in tax revenues will cure the debt the government has created. Obviously, as a liberal I just don't understand Republican math, because I would have thought that receiving less money in taxes would make it harder to pay off the debt these Republicans are so afraid of.
But it's not just in government that the Republican math doesn't make sense for me. They apply the same nonsensical mathematics to fundraising also. Take for example the appearance of teabagger icon Sarah Palin in Pennsylvania recently. She spoke at the Plumstead Christian School in Plumstead Township, Pennsylvania. The event was a fundraiser for the school, and school officials are hoping that after the dust settles the school will have raised several hundred dollars.
The problem is that Palin did not speak at the event for free. She was paid $75,000 by some of the school's private donors. Yes, you did read that correctly. Donors to the school paid Sarah Palin $75,000 so she would help them raise a few hundred dollars. I don't know about you, but that (Republican math) just doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't the school have been a lot better off if the donors had just given the $75,000 to the school?
But that's Republican math for you. Evidently the most important rule in Republican math is to fatten the bank accounts of the rich and fill the campaign chests of the right-wing politicians -- and to hell with everyone else, including schools needing funds. These "donors weren't interested in helping the school. The school fundraiser was just an excuse to funnel money into a Republican politician's pocket.
The last time the Republicans were in power they drove America's economy into a serious recession. Now they have regained power, and I'm afraid that they will drive the recession into a full-fledged depression if they continue practicing their own special kind of math. But so far, they've given us no reason to think they'll change.
Posted by Ted McLaughlin