That’s Not Politics; That’s Math

On the 5 November 2010 broadcast of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Fareed Zakaria reminded Representative Darrell Issa [Republican of California] that tax cuts result in budget deficits unless funded by budget cuts.  “That’s not politics;  that’s math,” Zakaria intoned.

I suppose there is not much harm is that cliché.  Still, the cliché mistakes “math” for “arithmetic.”  Mathematics concerns relations and proofs that demand far more savvy and smarts than simple arithmetic.

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