Math is Hard: Bumbling Biden Says Republicans Voted for a $500 Trillion Tax Cut

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

The crazy thing is he probably believes it. If my math is correct, that’s  a tax cut of over $4 billion per family.


2 Responses to “Math is Hard: Bumbling Biden Says Republicans Voted for a $500 Trillion Tax Cut”

  1. Ken on 26/26/12 at 4:47 pm

    Five hundred trillion dollars divided by 125 million families in the United States.

    As a refresher course: In scientific notation you count the zeros.

    A thousand is one followed by three zeros, 1,000, or 1 times 10 to the third power– 1 x 10^3
    A million is one followed by six zeros. 1,000,000, or
    one times 10 to the sixth power– 1 x 10^6
    A billion is one followed by nine zeros, 1,000,000,000, or
    one times 10 to the ninth power– 1 x 10^9
    A trillion is one followed by 12 zeros, 1,000,000,000,000,
    or 1 x 10^12.
    A quadrillion…well, give Obama another term and we’ll have to learn that one too.

    To multiply or divide using scientific notation, you do the normal math using the significant digits, but add or subtract the exponents. Try this yourself with smaller numbers and you will appreciate how clever this is. But for our example:

    The Money / The Families
    ($500 x 10^12) / (125 x 10^6) =

    ($500 / 125) and you really don’t need a calculator

    x (12 – 6) for division you subtract the exponents

    = 4 x 10^6, or $4,000,000.00

    So four million dollars per family. Will this be a tax credit or an actual disbursement?