Sunday, August 15, 2004

Kerry Gets Fuzzy

Remember back in 2000 when George W. Bush kept accusing Gore of using “fuzzy math” and everyone that didn’t want to vote for the Governor thought that was uproarious? Fuzzy math—what on earth is fuzzy math? No one really knew except we knew it was supposed to be bad. Great stuff. But for all the hard-line democrats reading this post (if there are any): stop laughing because John Kerry recently showed us what fuzzy math is all about.

Well, technically it was Kevin Hassett who posted this article at Tech Central Station outlining the Kerry budget. Kevin and his team combed though the nominee’s speeches, web site and other sources for budget promises to try to construct a master plan that the campaign refuses to create. While the Senator claims he’ll balance the budget, the reality is his proposals will sink the deficit another $2.2 trillion over the next ten years. As of the writing of this post, the US National Debt Clock estimates the debt at about $7.3 trillion.

Absolutely hilarious.

1 comment:

-Ron said...

Chronic Avoidance

Beware the salesman who avoids talking about the merit of the product and instead concentrates on the benefits you will reap only after you have bought the product. “Your life will be easier, you will save money, your friends will be impressed, you’ll be glad you did.” These kinds of selling points, while sometimes highly successful, do little to describe the product itself, and are the hallmark of the used car salesman. Me, I would rather hear about the lifetime parts and labor warranty, the all-steel construction, and the glowing Consumer Reports rating. When we buy a sweeper, a mattress, or a car these are the important questions. Why should this be any less true in politics?

Mr. Youngberg reminds us that John Kerry has no master plan, but merely promises of some ambiguous design (in his head apparently). The budget is a good example, but it is hardly the only example. National security, education, and the rest: Sen. Kerry has absolutely no plan that I am aware of which he is willing to share with us publicly, today, before the election. As salesmen go, this makes Sen. Kerry look very much like the worst kind of charlatan: a snake-oiled politician. As much as I am not a fan of the current president’s policies, at least I am reasonably certain about what I can expect from him over the next four years. And I wonder about that old adage…the devil you know. But then, when your choice is the lesser of two evils, either way you get the devil.

When in comes to making measure of the political choices before you, the Emperor Napoleon has this advice: “In my youth, I, too, entertained some illusions; but I soon recovered from them. The great orators who rule the assemblies by the brilliancy of their eloquence are in general men of the most mediocre political talents….Their eloquence should be opposed by a serious and logical argument; their strength lies in vagueness; they should be brought back to the reality of facts; practical arguments destroy them. In the council, there were men possessed of much more eloquence than I was: I always defeated them by this simple argument—two and two make four.”

The lesson? Hey Mr. Kerry, show us the numbers, or go sit down.