>It’s That Voodoo Republican Math

>First Wisconsin state officials claimed marble damaged by the painters tape that protestors used would cost $7.5 million to repair:

Cari Anne Renlund, chief legal counsel for the state Department of Administration, said in Dane County court that estimates of damage to marble includes $6 million to repair damaged marble inside the Capitol, $1 million for damage outside and $500,000 for costs to supervise the damage.

Turns out, not so much:

Madison – Officials charged with overseeing the state Capitol Friday backpedaled sharply from their estimate – delivered in a high-profile court case only the day before – that demonstrators did more than $7 million in damage to the building and grounds during the tumultuous yet peaceful protests that erupted Feb. 15.

Touring the building on Friday morning with state architect Dan Stephans, who oversaw the Capitol’s restoration that concluded in 2001, Jeff Plale said he had not immediately observed any damage from demonstrations over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill. Plale is a former Democratic state senator and now the state facilities administrator.

Hey Cari Anne! What’s your game, girl? Can anybody play? Why yes they can!

Two local news organizations sued Gov. Scott Walker Friday for alleged failure to respond to their requests for e-mails that the governor claimed were overwhelmingly in favor of his controversial budget repair bill.

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Isthmus and the AP did not receive a response to their records requests, the lawsuit states.

But Richmond received an e-mail response late Friday, which was dated Feb. 25, from Nate Ristow, associate legal counsel for the governor, in which Ristow detailed the cost of printing out the e-mails of more than $31,250, to be paid in advance. Ristow also invited Richmond to review the records at Walker’s office for no charge.

In his records request, Lueders had asked that the e-mails be put on a disk instead of being printed on paper.

Wow: $31,250 to print out e-mails? I’m calling bullshit. It seems the latest conservative tactic in the propaganda war is to pull a wildly inflated number out of someone’s ass and attach it to whatever it is someone wants. Then watch as everyone starts screaming about my money! Seriously, some of the comments on these stories are hilarious. Are liberals the only ones who have developed a healthy skepticism over the years? Are we the only ones with highly developed bullshit meters?

Alternately, this can explain a lot about Republicans’ repeated failure to balance a budget. Perhaps the poor dears simply can’t do math. Remember how the Iraq War was only supposed to cost $50-$60 billion? Remember Paul Wolfowitz saying the war would pay for itself? Yeah that was a good one.

So you know, we’re left with the eternal question: stupid or lying? Which is it, Republicans?

(h/t, DailyKos)

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6 responses to “>It’s That Voodoo Republican Math

  1. >The emails could be copied to a flash drive or burned onto a CD. The cost for either would be minimal for the flash drive or CD. Maybe an hour (or less) of an assistant's time to do the transfer. Way more efficient than printing them out.

  2. >stupid or lying? Lying.Stupid would not explain why every mistake leads to more money in the pockets of their plutocrat owners.~

  3. >Stoopid.Always.AndLyingEvery time.

  4. >The current campaign to put down teachers by trying to make them sound lazy (they only work 9 months out of the year!) and greedy (for THAT easy job?!) is stupid on so many levels that it's hard to know where to start. Riiight. We don't need no stinkin' teachers.Stupid or lying? Both. Not to mention sneaky and dangerous.

  5. >Even duct tape will not much harm marble. Marble, especially polished and finished, can be cleaned quite easily. The thing that really harms a softish stone like marble? Airborne pollution like car exhaust. Mixes with the rain to eat into the protective outer layer, then the dirt and soot carried by the rain chemically and mechanically bonds to the softer underlying stone layers. Removing this kind of environmental damage requires pretty aggressive or expensive cleaning, which is why the National Park Service is now disinclined to allow exterior cleaning of historic structures.When I saw a FB post decrying the 7 mill figure, I was almost immediately skeptical. Coming on the heels of a significant restoration project, the idea that two weeks worth of drumming and snoring had caused that kind of damage was suspect, at least.Good to see that the Dem had the presence to walk through with the Capitol Architect to get an actual, experienced, professional opinion and knock this stupid crap right the hell down.And this, of course, makes me want to write a rant about how the anti-intellectual push of the Rightwing devalues experienced professional opinions like this. "My opinion is just as good as yours!" No, in this field, it is not.

  6. >It would be nice to know that the next time my car gets clocked by some idiot running a stop sign that the adjuster will be as generous with his estimate of damages as the assholes who came up with the $7M figure.