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Politicians Suck at Math

Take 5 minutes to do some math on the gas tax holiday and find out how bad politicians suck at math.

Let’s do some math here:

  • $0.184 per gallon tax
  • $3.00 per gallon cost
  • 35 mpg fuel economy
  • 60 mph speed
  • 3 months of driving 24/7

First, how many total miles is that?

We’ll call it 90 days which is 2160 hours.

At 60 per hour that’s 129600 miles.

At 35 mpg that’s 3702.9 gallons; call it 3703.

At $3/gallon that’s $11109.

With the tax it would be $11790.

Total savings if you were to use 3703 gallons of gas? $681

You can also get that by multiplying 3703 × $0.184 = $681.352

Let’s make it a whole year of nonstop driving. A leap year.

366 × 24 × 60 = 527040 miles.

527040 ÷ 35 = 15058 gallons.

At $0.184 tax per gallon you save: $2770.67

And you’d still pay $45174.

And to drive 527040 miles is over twice the difference from the earth to the moon (384403 km).

Good luck driving even 100000 miles during the gas tax holiday.

It really doesn’t take an economist. A pocket calculator would suffice.


Even in the past Bill hurts Senator Clinton’s campaign. Who’da thunk it?

Ah, the inevitable follow-up on my previous post It’s 3am….

Thanks to a youtuber and digg we now have this 2004 speech where Bill Clinton was campaigning with John Kerry:

Turns out, even in the past Bill hurts Senator Clinton’s campaign.

For those without flash or too lazy to watch yet paradoxically not lazy enough to not read:

Now one of Clinton’s laws of politics is this:

If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think;
if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes,
you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope, that’s the best.

Now, no offense to Obama supporters, but I’m shakily supporting him at this point. I think he does say some good things and has had a better record than most. But I’m still a bit skeptical. That said, I’m willing to give him a shot, and unless I see some good reasons he’ll be getting my vote in November.

Good reasons do not include not putting his hand over his heart, his middle name, dressing in native garb, etc.

Good reasons would include another candidate throwing his or her support behind mainstream public transportation in the USA, actually proposing a good universal healthcare plan (for the record I think both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama got this wrong), proposing a space-race to energy independence that doesn’t involve subsidizing idiotic, non-green (I’m looking at you Ethanol) solutions. Also, supporting broadband development across the country.

Good reasons are basically the giant mountain of opportunity and economy that is sitting on our front door while the politicians ignore it. This nation and this planet still have so much untapped potential and yet we’re stuck in this stupor of fear and lethargy. Obama’s the closest candidate to anti-Lotus pills at this point, and given that he’s the only mainstream candidate that fits that bill, I’ll probably be sticking with him.

Senator Clinton’s Mistake

Senator Hillary Clinton (D – New York) should admit her vote in 2002 authorizing the war was a mistake.

Senator Clinton (D – New York) is making a mistake. And her mistake is over an earlier mistake back in 2002 to vote to authorize the Iraq war.

Her mistake now is that she will not admit it was wrong. And there is not any amount of universal health that will change that it was wrong and that she is wrong for not admitting that.

To me, someone who cannot admit a mistake loses credibility. President Bush (R – Texas) is another lost soul who won’t admit his mistakes, and we’ve seen how incredible he has been as President.

People say, “She’s a politician, they don’t admit mistakes.” They try to whitewash it, that because of her position and her campaign motivations she can’t and somehow is absolved. Those people are wrong. John Edwards (D – South Carolina) admitted his vote was a mistake. Back in 2005 he wrote a column in the Washington Post about that. He may not be in the race anymore, but he didn’t sacrifice his integrity in a bid for the presidency.

Senator Clinton, please do what’s right and admit it was a mistake.