Math Declared an Inexact Science?

I was reading a news article on a media webpage when I ran across a sentence that I, with my midwest upbringing, can’t grasp.

Byron Williams: Tough Decisions Should Not Ignore the Future

“It is difficult for the state to raise revenues because the California system allows 33 percent of the Legislature to constitute a solid majority.”

I know that Californians claim to be “Progressive” (codeword for “Socialist”) and all, but apparently they have progressed to the point where 33% now equals 51%.

Is it any wonder that our educational system is in a shambles when the government claims that 33=51? I seem to remember a part of George Orwell’s book “1984” in which the government (“Big Brother”) tried to convince Winston Smith that 4=5, and Winston Smith was convinced that as long as he knew in his own heart that 4=4 he was still “free.”

In California, apparently the citizens agree with the government that 33=51.

As long as 33 is not equal to 51 in the rest of the country, are we still free?

Or, are we ALL Winston Smith?


One Response to Math Declared an Inexact Science?

  1. I thought I would leave a clarifying comment, given that I wrote the piece that you posted. In California one needs 66% to raise taxes–64 % won’t do. That gives 33% an enormous amount power. Thankfully, an initiative was defeated this year that would have required 75% to change a particular piece of legislation.

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