Democrats Aren't Real Strong In Math Skills

Now In Case You Haven't Heard...

Two things came to mind this past week concerning the lack of math skills combined with hysterical rhetoric by two Democratic elected officials. The first one to take a seat in the dunk tank is Maine Waters. Now Maxine isn't known to be particularly bright and her math skills seem akin to Pelosi's. Both women are from the state of California where math skills aren't known to be a focus either, at least in government circles.

What is especially frightening about Maxine's brain cramps is that if the Democrats happen to take back the House, God forbid, she would become the Chair of the House Finance Committee. That's the think tank that deals with banking, real estate, securities and those associated issues and it seems to me that a thorough knowledge of math should be high up there when picking people for that committee assignment. In her case it appears because her husband is in the banking industry but that's another story all together.

Seems the Dems like Maxine can conjure up some real doozies when doing math to scare the dickens out of other mental doorknob types in this country. Some of you still don't know what I'm talking about so I'll give it to you gently. According to Maxine, just last week, the big, bad Scarequester was going to cause 170 million workers in America to lose their jobs. Goodness I hope not because the present work force only consists of 134 million workers. Do the math!

Before I move onto Obama and Scarequester let me drop another math deficiency tidbit on you. Remember the math smoke and mirrors concerning Obamacare? Some of you bit hard didn't you? They used the word "Affordable" and you thought, "Oh Yeah!!!" Then when the real numbers came out it became Obamascare. What it is really going to cost should scare the hell out of any thinking American. The operable word there is "thinking."

The unintended consequences of such backward thinking so far have resulted in workers losing their jobs or having their hours cut, taxes were raised and insurance rates have skyrocketed. Axe that "affordable" iffin ya please. Is there any doubt when the payroll taxes went back up again where some of that Obamacare money was coming from?

We're in a recovery according to Obama and during the month of January alone household incomes declined by 3.6%. That's a 20 year high. Disposable income, the after tax pittance, dropped by 4%. That was last seen in 1959. But Obama math has us in a recovery?

Last week Obama was intent of scaring more American door knobs for brains with hysterical talk about how this nation was going to shut down if the Scarequester kicked in, he didn't get more tax hikes that he wanted again and the sky was going to fall. The truth of the actual math is the cuts amount to $44 billion from the present spending projected for this year. That's a paper cut so grab a band aid not a tourniquet. What that means is that the Clown Circus we call our federal government will only be able to spend $15 billion more this year than it did last year. Get the picture now? It's all about fuzzy math. Or seen another way, only a mere 30% more than it spent in 2007. Yes, I said 2007.

The bad part of the Scarequester, which the House tried with two bills to avert, is the cuts in military spending. Currently we have despots all around the world rattling sabers at us and the Dems want to cut military spending further while at the same time expanding welfare programs out the yazoo. The US Constitutions says the primary role of the federal government is to provide for the defense of this nation, not wreck it. The Senate, as usual on both occasions, did not a thing with either bill.

But Obama wasn't to be outdone because he is all about drama and political theater. We saw illegal aliens released even prior to it kicking in. He went so far as threatening the lack of vaccinations for children and shutting down airport security. Why? Because he wanted to scare Republicans into letting him raise revenue (we call it taxes) to avert the Scarequester. He just raised them on January 1st so what does that tell you?

So rather than rein in those explosive government welfare programs he is intent on expanding he wants to shut down essential services Americans rely on? Really? Why? I have this theory as do others. For some reason Obama wants to punish Republicans at the expense of ordinary tax paying Americans. The hand writing is all over the wall.

Understand that I served this nation for 23 years and what I see being done to the military makes Bill Clinton's moves look like choir boy material. The cuts in spending are needed and more are needed to right the fiscal ship of state. As the fight continues for more spending cuts we need to be vigilant. If not, the Democratic Party under the stewardship of Obama will decimate the US military. You are seeing it when the armed forces receives 20% of the overall budget and absorbs 50% of the cuts. Something is strangely wrong with that picture.

Here's something to consider. We can blame all of these math deficiencies on the Head Start Program. Why do I say that? That program has been going on for 47 years now. Darn it seems like only yesterday. 47 years gives one a good base to study though. In one recent study it found that Head Starters are too often behind other students in math skills. It also found that its graduates had a lower rate of promotion. So there ya go...

This administration is taking on fairy tale qualities. Depending on what is going on you can choose between Pinocchio, The Boy Who Cried Wolf or Chicken Little. Maybe you, the reader, can add to the list of tales.

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As Always,

The Frog Prince

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krillco profile image

krillco 3 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

Vitriolic radicalism does not solve problems, it only poisons and polarizes.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

I have notice that when a liberal is on the attack in the comment section, if you fire back with some math related facts, he or she will be forced to play the race card. To a liberal, playing the race card is the equivalent to dropping an Atomic Bomb on your hub. To them, math facts are just way too complicated, and the Atomic Bomb ends the debate.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - If I understand you correctly krillco is also allergic to math? Seems that way doesn't it. When he speaks of vitriolic radicalism I'm wondering if he's referring to Obama and Waters. Both are way out there intent on polarizing and dividing this nation. Both are all about class warfare in the name of maintaining their power. I'm not sure why the left doesn't see that clearly or maybe they do? Me? I just stick to the facts and write the truth.

The Frog


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Sir Frog, you touched on one of my pet peeves here, the administration's apparent lack of basic mathematical skills. However; I respectfully posit the following for consideration. Are they really deficient in math skills, or rather, are they counting on the fact that most Americans will not bother to sit down and check their math? If their goal is to truly help the American economy, they are failing miserably. If the goal is to further weaken America making it ripe for a take over, their math is brilliant. Each must decide for themselves which case represents the truth of the situation. For me, the writing is on the wall. My cognitively impaired students (this group used to be called mentally retarded but that label was shot down by the PC police and replaced with cognitively disabled) can and do produce balanced budgets. I know. I grade them. If they can do it, there exists no viable reason our government can't... Other than they do not wish to!


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FitnezzJim 3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

They are politicians, they are counting on those who do take the time to figure out the math to forget about it before the next election.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

@ FP & Old poolman

Hey Poolman didn't I warn you there was a race card in your future? I must be psychic or whatever it is people who can see a freight train coming from 10 feet away are called. Not blind?...

They sure beat a hasty retreat after than little shot across the bow. It's too bad really I love it when people play the race card on me I just pull mine out and yell UNO!

FP...All this talk about math, numbers and percentages sounds like one of your cookie right wing religions to me. Haven't you ever heard of separation between church and state?

I kid of course but it seems to be a little too close for comfort when describing the left in this country. Instead of a public official Maxine Waters more closely resembles a Siren of the Deep dressed as Little Orphan Oliver screaming PLEASE SIR I WANT SOME MORE!!!!!

Great hub as always Frog.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

The Frog Prince

Do you know what they call the equivalent of the federal budget in the private sector.

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They

call

it

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Bankruptcy

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And

in

Math

they

call

it

Imaginary Numbers

-iFedBudget.

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It is like they learned their math from watching classic Abbott and Costello movies.

If you found a $100 bill in your left pants pocket, and a $50 bill in your right pants pocket.

What would you have.

The answer

Someone else's pants.

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krillco 3 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

I am, in fact, talking about the state of ALL politics in the country, Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives. Insults, sarcasm, put downs, belittling, hyperbole, vitriol....none of it helps the situation; none of it moves towards solution to the problems. A house divided cannot stand.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

krillco is correct, the whole thing is messed up. We rarely ever challenge any politician on their lies, and when we do they just ignore us.

I bitch and moan as much as anyone, but it accomplishes nothing. We need a good plan that will actually start heading us in the right direction.

ib radmasters - your comment was funny as heck, I loved it.


Stu 3 years ago

The Crybaby-In-Chief will just never get it. The sequester is just a sideshow in a much bigger circus. We are already overtaxed, and Obama wants us to pay more. And he won't even apply tax increases to debt reduction, but wants it to fund yet more spending. Our official federal debt is climbing $1.5 trillion per year, the off balance liabilities are going to explode as the front end of the baby boom enters retirement (i.e., right now), and the Federal reserve is printing at minimum $4 trillion per year in fiat money for bailouts and stimulus (when loan demand picks up, this will be highly inflationary, decimating the dollar, shriveling the market value of peoples' savings, and destroying the economy).

While reducing discretionary spending (federal operating expenses) would help, reducing this portion of federal spending is not enough to resolve the crisis on its own. The only real solution to the current account deficit, official debt level, and off balance sheet liabilities is drastic entitlement reform. Much lower benefits, combined with comprehensive means testing for all operant programs, would get us close to a balanced budget, and erase a great deal of the off balance sheet liabilities. We could then run surpluses if the federal government defunded and vacated all the alphabet soup agencies having no authority to exist per Constitutionally enumerated federal powers (the EPA, HHS, FDA, Education Dept., Commerce Dept., DOE, FCC, ATF, etc.).


Ghost32 3 years ago

Late to the party as usual, I focused not on the deficient math but on the SNL video. Haven't been watching the show much these past few years and rely upon nuggets like this one to keep me laughing.

The best line in the sketch was the zoo dude mentioning that he was going to have to fire three monkeys. Now, if we could only be sure the three terminated tree traipsers were Hear No Evil, See No Evil, and Speak No Evil, we might be able to clean out Obama's Pocket Media and get a few real reporters out there...

...well. It's a dream, anyway.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

@Ghost32

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Krillco is right, a house divided cannot stand. The problem is that it is Pres. Obama who divided our "house" and clearly he intends to keep the divide going. In the midst of chaos and anger a whole lot of awful policies can be foisted upon the American people. This hub is voted up, interesting, useful, awesome and shared!


Partisan Patriot 3 years ago

Froggy

I solved the missing 36,000,000 jobs; difference between Maxine's 170 and reality 134. These jobs are hidden withing the DNC's voter registration books! You see these ficticious jobs are held by those ficticious voters that voted for Obama in the 2012 election in all those states that do not require photo voter ID! Oooooopppps, Maxine let the cat out of the bag.


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Cassie Smith 3 years ago from U.S.

Maxine Waters is brainless and the thought of her taking over as chair of the finance committee makes me want to take all my money from the bank and hide it in my mattress which would definitely be safer.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

@ Cassie

I know what you mean that would be like the Fox guarding the outhouse instead of the henhouse. Brainless is a perfect description but watch out your itching for a race card. JK


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Based on some of the most recent appointments to critical high level positions, this move would be in keeping with current policy.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

That poster of Obama - "Great at Math' - says it all, Jim. He is an expert at dividing the country, subtracting jobs, adding debt and multiplying misery. And making promises he cannot or will not keep. :(


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krillco 3 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

Commenters are illustrating my point. If we had a Republican president, Democrats and liberals would be making similar 'comments' about him. Now I fully support free speech; I'm not saying that people should be quiet or keep their opinions to themselves, just that the state of politic in our country is such that no matter WHO is in office, of WHICH party, the other side will be doing everything possible, including poisonous talk to block everything a president does. That's not a Republic; not a Democracy...it's just useless at least, and paralyzes ANY positive movement at worse. I am a liberal independent politically, but when we had Republican presidents, I found things to support so that we could move forward. I respect my Republican, conservative fellow citizens, and would not use caustic language or divisive tactics towards them. Aggressive, entrenched positioning solves nothing. And, I would never, ever, lower myself to publicly slander, insult, or denigrate a president. That kind of division is exactly what our enemies delight in seeing and exploit.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

krillco - Very well stated and something we should all think about.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

krillco - I understand your points very well but as a writer of political commentary I focus on what is going on and who is doing what to whom. I am an Independent and don't give a rat's behind what party any of these professional pickpockets belong to. The system needs to change and until it does the spotlight needs to shine brightly upon their incompetence.

The Frog


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

I agree with that Jim, I too dislike most of them equally.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY

Politicians have always grossly underestimated the cost of entitlement programs. Just look at Social Security, medicare and medicade, these programs are all vastly more expensive than they were originally though to be.

The last thing we need now is a new entitlement but now we have Obamacare, the most expensive entitlement in the history of the world. And when did the government decide to push this legislation through, during the worst economy since the Great Depression. Ironically the threat of new taxes and regulations brought about by Obamacare, is the very impetous that has vastly extended this current downturn,


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

wba108@yahoo.com - Sorry, but I view Social Security and Medicare as true Entitlements because we have paid into those systems for most of our lives, and still pay into Medicare. The rest of the things like Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, Free Cell Phones, etc., used to be called welfare, and should never be named entitlements.

At least to me, the word entitlements means you contributed into the system at some time in your life.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

Social Security is not welfare. It is the safety net given to seniors after a lifetime of contribution to the program. It has been corrupted by irresponsible politicians rendering it bankrupt and creating the largest state sponsored Ponzi Scheme in history.

Instead of that money being in the Federal Reserve gaining interest like we were promised we are now using the Social Security payments of younger Americans to pay off benefits to seniors.

It will eventually become welfare when the majority of baby boomers start to reach retirement age and add exponentially to the recipient pool while the contributor pool remains stagnant from the failed economy.

Once that happens the Fed will borrow money to meet it's obligations driving us even deeper into debt.

This is no fault of seniors who faithfully contributed to Social Security over the whole of their working lives. It's just another way that our irresponsible representatives on both sides of the isle have failed us.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

When did those other things change from being called Welfare to be called Entitlements? Is this part of the PC movement?


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

@old poolman

Come on Mike didn't you get the memo? The word welfare is racist. Entitlement is much more respectable. If it looks, smells, and walks like a duck...it's a duck.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

LOL - Nope, I never got that memo so I still call it welfare.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY

Old Poolman- It's true that Social Security was deceitfully sold to the American poeple as retirement trust program but from what I understand seniors recieved far more than they paid in for the first 40-50 years of the program. Now we're faced with the reality that this supposed trust fund was already spent by politicians since the 1960's.

I read that Social Security can really only pay benifits for 20 to 30 years tops before it becomes impossible to finance. Some say that it could go belly up in 10 years.

I agree with you that we should honor thoughs who paid into the system as much as we possibly can, even though they've been hoodwicked by slick politicians for 70 years.


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

wba108@yahoo.com - Yes, the money was stolen and that is just the way it is. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about that now.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

@wba108@yahoo.com

The money was supposed to remain untouched within the Federal Reserve and accrue interest over time to accommodate the discrepancy you describe. The "trust" as you describe it was exactly that...a matter of trust that the money would be set aside for them. The Fed broke that trust and stole their money to fund things like actual welfare. We can't toss seniors under the bus. They deserve better from us.


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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US

How about that Rand Paul, huh? Maybe some eyes will finally open. Bout time someone done something. Very proud of him and those who are helping him out.


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adh071185 3 years ago from Southern United States

@Pollyannalana

Indeed let's just hope he's doing it for the right reasons. The issue of the debate is a serious one and I would hate to think that he was using the issue as an opportunity to grandstand.

All the evidence I have seen however bring me to the conclusion that he is sincere in his statements. This is a pleasant change of pace from what we've been subjected to from our politicians for some time.

We should all be paying attention to this debate. The military has no place in domestic law enforcement. Every U.S. citizen has the right to due process and trial by a jury of his/her peers.

The administrations willingness to assassinate American citizens using UAV's is an unprecedented thwarting of the established laws of the land. This needs to be nipped in the bud or none of us will be safe.

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