At times, I’m confused about politics. Things just don’t add up.
I do know -- because I read it in a newspaper article -- that 4 trillion greenbacks stacked on top of each other will reach the Moon. How we’ll climb out of the national debt by adding more is perplexing, but I was never good at math.
Recently, Bill and I met a high school kid who was at an event we attended with friends. She was confused about politics, too.
While I signed a greeting card she’d handed our group, Bill decided to make small talk.
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“So, how is school?" He asked in his teacher’s voice.
“Well, I’m failing politics,” she said sadly. “I just don't understand that stuff.”
Bill paused, a quizzical look on his face, “Politics? You mean Government class?”
The student struggled for a moment, obviously uncomfortable with the direction of the conversation.
“It’s hard to explain,” she said. “You know, uh, it’s like . . . like . . . x2 + a + b . . . equals something,” her voice trailing.
Bill grasped her meaning, “Oh, you mean algebra!”
Her face lit up in a smile, “That’s it! I get confused.”
As she moved from our table to another, our conversation turned to national debt, a new judicial appointment and bailouts.
The conversation went on and on.
Finally, I couldn’t resist.
“Hey, let’s talk about something else!” I announced to our circle. “I’m tired of talking about algebra.”
Then came a clever response.
“I guess we’ve been on a tangent.”
Like I said, I’ve never been good at politics.