Math is Hard
I can’t believe it, Save Jerseyans, but your Blogger-in-Chief needs to begin this post by defining the word “proportional”:
/prəˈpɔrʃənl, -ˈpoʊr-/ Show Spelled[pruh-pawr-shuh-nl, -pohr-] Show IPA
1. having due proportion; corresponding.
2. being in or characterized by proportion.
3. of, pertaining to, or based on proportion; relative.
a. (of two quantities) having the same or a constant ratio or relation: The quantities y and x are proportional if y/x = k, where k is the constant of proportionality.
b. (of a first quantity with respect to a second quantity) a constant multiple of: The quantity y is proportional to x if y = kx, where k is the constant of proportionality.
Good! You’re one full grade level ahead of a prominent New Jersey journalist (at least in terms of mathematical knowledge).
He interviewed New Jersey State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff for the latest installment of NJTV’s On The Record; at one point, Mr. Aron insisted that the Governor’s proposed 10% across-the-board income tax cut appeared disproportionate on its face. The Treasurer patiently and articulately tried to explain to his interviewer how (A) 10% of a larger sum in necessarily bigger than (B) 10% of a relatively smaller sum; unfortunately, a couple of minutes in to this particular segment, the Governor’s numbers man gave up. It wasn’t sinking in!
Fast forward to the 6:30 mark:
Watch A Conversation with NJ State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff on PBS. See more from NJTV Series.
I’m not trying to beat up Michael Aron, Save Jerseyans. I’ve heard he’s a nice enough dude. Never met him.
I am suggesting that we (the taxpayers) could obviate the need for extended debate on something as simple and common sense as a modest, 10% income tax cut if the folks reporting said proposal to the public had a better grasp of basic civics and mathematics!
Just a thought. I’m full of them as you’re well aware.