Thursday, April 3, 2014

Biblical Proportions

Not to be confused with Qubit or Q*bert. There are few things the voters of Lake County hate more than doing their federal income taxes. The unequivocal proof comes from ostensible Lake County Congressman, Peter Roskam -- in the form of some helpful tips for preparing your taxes, courtesy a press release from Peter Roskam, and reproduced verbatim by the Suburban Life Media ...
Did you know that our tax code is over four million words long, or more than 10 times the size of the Bible?
Roskam: Helpful tips for preparing your taxes
This particular factoid was news to your LakeCountyEye, never having actually done a word count on the Good Book. Is the IRS tax code really 10 times longer than the Bible? The good news is math problems such as these are easily verifiable with a quick Google search -- which reveals that the King James Version of the Bible clocks in at 788,280 words:
King James Bible Quick Facts
Some higher math yields ...
4,000,000 words
(IRS Tax Code)
÷788,280 words
(KJV Bible)
≈  5
Sharpeyed operatives will instantly observe that Peter Roskam's aforementioned 10X is much different than the calculated 5X. A difference of 100%, to be exact. It would appear instead that the US tax code is just 5 times longer than the Bible.

Haha, has someone just been caught red-handed cooking the Good Book? Your LakeCountyEye suspects that if Peter Roskam were made to swear on a stack of Bibles, he would only admit his staff made an actuarial mistake.

It may be no coincidence that Congressman Roskam already knows a thing or two about botched numbers. Roskam recently sponsored a House Bill to create a watchdog Inspector General office to audit ObamaCare:
Three dozen House Republicans on Thursday proposed a bill that would create a special inspector general to monitor the implementation of ObamaCare. Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) proposed the bill to ensure proper monitoring of the law and accused the Obama administration of keeping implementation data secret.
Republicans push for new IG to monitor ObamaCare
Roskam said in a press release that ...
Congressional oversight of the law has been dogged, but the administration has repeatedly stonewalled investigators and been less than forthcoming with the public.
Hopefully, Roskam's Inspector General Watchdog would be better at math than he is.

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