June 8, 2015

Now that the Democrats have succeeded in massively increasing our taxes, Republicans are outraged.Some are blaming the media, claiming biased liberal journalists misled the voters by covering up Governor Dan Malloy’s obvious lie when he pledged not to raise taxes. Others are blaming Republican Party Insiders for manipulating the Convention System and denying electable candidates access to the ballot in order to receive lucrative consulting gigs and yacht rides from unelectable Greenwich millionaires running vanity campaigns. Both are wrong. The real problem is a lack of education.

Journalists do not have to take classes in mathematics; thus, they are unaware of some basic concepts. For example, let’s say Sally has 4 apples. She would like to have 5 apples. How many apples does Johnny have to give Sally so that Sally has 5 apples? This problem can be solved by employing what is called subtraction. Since Sally wants 5 apples but she only has 4, we subtract the number 4 from the number 5. 5 – 4=1. This means Johnny must give Sally one apple.

Most journalists will get this correct after several attempts. The problem occurs when subtraction is extended to other objects and when it involves larger numbers. For example, the Connecticut State Government plans to spend 40 billion dollars over the next two years. The taxpayers are only giving the Connecticut State Government 38 billion dollars during the same time period. How much must Dan Malloy raise taxes to fund the Government? Again, we must use subtraction. 40 billion dollars – 38 billion dollars = 2 billion dollars. While most readers don’t see this to be a difficult concept, journalists find this to be incomprehensible. Thus, we Republicans – instead of whining about liberal bias – should contribute money to journalism schools with the requirement that math be taught. This way, our friends in the journalism profession will not be misled by the likes of Dan Malloy in the future.

Education would also be helpful to Connecticut Republican Party Insiders. One course that should be required is Logic, where our soon-to-be-perspicuous leaders would learn about syllogisms. This is a fancy word for making a deduction from two previous statements. For example:

Dogs are mammals.

Fido is a dog.

Therefore Fido is a mammal.

Got it? Good. Let’s try another one:

Wealthy Greenwich Republicans will lose elections.

Tom Foley is a wealthy Greenwich Republican.

Most readers will come to the obvious conclusion; however, the Republican Party Insider is scratching his (or her) head in bewilderment. Let’s try another one:

Wealthy Greenwich Republicans will lose elections.

Linda McMahon is a wealthy Greenwich Republican.

Again, while the answer is obvious to the typical reader, the Republican Party Insider is still befuddled. It may take several more election cycles for Republican Party Insiders to deduce the obvious conclusion.

Cynics may point that Republican Party Insiders missed both of the above examples, not once; but twice. We should not despair. Republican Party Insiders are educable. They simply have a slow learning curve.

So instead of blaming journalists and Republican Party Insiders for allowing the Democrats to destroy our beautiful state with job-killing confiscatory taxes, we should insist on better educational opportunities for both.

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