By John M. Williams
On of the funniest routines that I have ever watched on TV was the late Bud Abbott showing Lou Costello that 7×13= 28. Yes 28 and not 91, and he proved it by multiplication and addition. What?
Abbot said 7×3=21 and 7X1=7. Twenty one plus 7 equals 28. He is right.
Abbott then wrote the number 13 seven times and then started adding seven threes â€“ 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21. Then he added the ones to the 21. He started 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and finally 28. He is correct 21 plus 7 equals 28.
It is this type of arithmetic that has Republicans salivating during the discussions on raising the debt ceiling and reducing the deficit. To them 7×13 is 28. Using Abbottâ€™s math, the Republicans can see smaller deficits. They prefer dealing with fantasy numbers rather then real numbers. Bud Abbott is their mentor He can show them how 6×12=18 and not 72 He is their hero. Looking at his mathematics, the Republicans can say, to meet a smaller deficit, you cut spending, and you do not have to raise taxes and close loop holes. Their followers love this type of thinking and mathematics. I am surprised they have not proclaimed Bud Abbott day and proclaimed him a national hero.
The Republicans have to stop using Abbottâ€™s mathematics and deal with the real world. The deficit canâ€™t, repeat canâ€™t, be eliminated by federal spending cuts alone. Revenues have to be raised. Tax loop holes have to be closed. Intelligible people know this, and they reject Abbottâ€™s mathematics outright. Maybe thatâ€™s the problem; intelligible people arenâ€™t running the Republican Party. The party is run by Bud Abbottâ€™s prodigies who are 100% sure that 5×5=10. Where can I get a diploma from Abbott University? Does Abbott mathematics mean tuition over four years is less than the advertised $10,000 per annum? C8ryABoyAGhS
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