Math Is Hard (For This Is Our DC)

On Friday, February 10, 2012, This Is Our DC organized “protesters” from Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York to participate in a protest of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) followed by a march down Connecticut Avenue.


On their website, This Is Our DC claim “[o]ver 500 unemployed, students and frustrated east coast Americans stood together with OurDC to call for an end to tax loopholes for the rich and corporate America.”  I do not claim to be an expert at performing head counts from video, but the following captures the crowd at a choke point (the entrance to the National Zoo), and I estimate the number to be around 200.  Even if I am extremely generous and call that 300, it is nowhere near the claim of “over 500”.


But math doesn’t stop being hard there.  The article goes on to state the following:

 “What’s going on inside is truly a conservative carnival of the .01 percent of the 1%…” says John Butler an unemployed OurDC supporter.

Let’s break that down.  What exactly does it mean to be in the 0.01 percent of the 1% (presumably of the population of the United States)?  That means the top (0.01) x (0.01) x (0.01) x (1) x (313,000,000) = 313.  In other words, This Is Our DC supporters wildly underestimated the attendance at CPAC (which was over 10,000) as well as their income (I’m not personally acquainted with anyone on The Forbes 400, but I’m pretty sure 313 of them were not in attendance at CPAC).

And one final note.  While those in attendance at CPAC were mostly using public transportation during their stay in our nation’s capital, This Is Our DC supporters drove away in Mercedes buses.


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