Surely there's a name for this technique of inserting numbers, dollar amounts, statistics in MSM articles, not to mention high school and college term papers. Said technique, tho, is so pervasive and timeless, which suggests either a)writers suck at math, b)writers are lazy and assume readers suck at math, c) writers are lazy and readers DO suck at math, or d) getting a BA in math turned my mind to mush (Bachelor of ARTS in Math? I never understood that). Example, from a recent opinion piece on privatization:
"If, for example, workers would be allowed to put up to 20 percent of their Social Security taxes into a personal account, the cost to the government to continue current benefits to the retired would amount to at least $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
"That might have been possible a few years ago when the country was running budget surpluses. But, today, thanks to massive tax cuts and escalating costs for the Iraq war, we're already running a half-trillion dollars in the hole every year."
We might add one tenth of a trillion to our annual debt! To show you how proportionally outrageous this is, author points out we only run one half a trillion per year today. That extra tenth would take us from... [one half=5/10] five tenths a trill per year to the astronomical amount of [one half=5/10, 5/10 + 1/10 =] six tenths a trill per year!
An extra tenth is not miniscule, really, but it IS a fraction of our current debt - so...is this a really big deal? [I don't get it....maybe I need an MA in Econ]