Obama and other math idiots

Chicago-based Exelon Corp., the nation's biggest nuclear power producer, warns that it will have to shut a nuclear power plant in New Jersey if the state forces it to install cooling towers at an estimated cost of $800 million. Environmental groups say the towers would only cost $200 million, and they have to be right because of all the cooling towers they've built.

But that's not the math that I'm talking about.  As the Associated Press story reported:

The environmental group Save Barnegat Bay estimates the plant kills
nearly 3 percent of the bay's marine life each day -- an assertion Exelon

Three percent a day? Impossible. At that rate, there wouldn't have been enough marine life left to worry about a long time ago.

Maybe they "misspoke." Like President Barack Obama, when he claimed (below) that passing his health legislation would lower some insurance premiums 3000 percent. 

The White House later said that the president "misspoke," that he actually meant $3,000 dollars

Well, that won't cut it either. A fact check by the Associated Press finds that you'll be waiting a long, long time for that to happen. If ever. Said the story:

Premiums are likely to keep going up even if the health care bill passes, experts say. If cost controls work as advertised, annual increases would level off with time. But don't look for a rollback. Instead, the main reason premiums would be more affordable is that new government tax credits would help millions of people who can't afford the cost now.

Some people might accuse Obama to trying to lie, but I wouldn't be that ungracious. I'm beginning to think that they just don't know how to do the math.


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  • This community organizer may need to go back to harvard for a math course.He has learned his math from the chicago political class room,or should I say back room

  • I cannot believe how unfriendly our democratics across the country have become so anti business.Who will pay for all the wonderful programs they have saddled us with over the years.

  • In reply to waterbill:

    Answer: Xinuye, who advertises on the Chicago Tribune message boards. All the money is going to China, anyway, but Samuelson of Newsweek is waiting to see what they do with their dollar reserves.

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