Aug 20, 2008

Making Up Numbers - Philip's Fuzzy Math

In his article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein comments on the Jefferson County budget over the past five years:

Folks - you have watched five men take a budget of 76 million and increase it almost 40 million dollars in just five years.

For those of us who live outside the Twilight Zone, here are the real numbers:

  • Approved Expenditures for 2008: $110,247,921
  • Approved Expenditures for 2003: $92,152,538

Most readers can see that this doesn't add up to $40 million as Philip claims.  Since Philip invents a new number with every new phase of the moon, I think this is an excellent example of Klein's reckless disregard for the truth.

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