In an interview with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, Pelosi was asked if the expiration of the Bush tax cuts would amount to a tax increase.

Her response:

"It's not a tax increase. It is eliminating a tax decrease that was there."

So there you have it--eliminating a decrease does

*not*amount to an increase. I had better go fix those lesson plans. Thanks for clearing things up, Ms. Pelosi.

## 2 comments:

Nice!

My personal best I ever did to explain this to myself was:

multiplication by -1 is a rotation in space (ie. a vector space), or a reflection on a number line in a 1D space. Two such multiplications rotate or reflect back to the original position.

This fails the criteria for explanation to a non-mathematician.

The vector works too. I always liked Stand and Deliver's, "Fill the hole Johnny."

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