Math is Not His Strong Suit

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Math is Not His Strong Suit

From Reuters
U.S. aid to Africa has increased 56 percent over the last four years, but has not tripled as President Bush claimed earlier this month, according to a report on Monday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

Excluding food and security assistance, U.S. aid to Sub-Saharan Africa rose just 33 percent in real dollar terms, according the report made public a week before a Group of Eight summit in Scotland where aid to Africa will be discussed.
You just know that when some aide told Bush they had increased aid to Africa by 1/3rd, but exclaimed "Wow, we've tripled it? I can't wait to tell everyone" and nobody bothered to correct him because he was so proud of himself.

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