Say, Buddy. Got time to explain something to me?

Can you explain something to me? I heard Paul Ryan at his press conference describe how the new tax code will help America “recover.” And to give an example of how cutting the corporate tax to 20% will bring American businesses back, he used an example from his own state – Wisconsin. He said the biggest company headquartered in Wisconsin used to be Johnson Controls (or something like that), but they’re not there anymore. Instead, they’ve moved their business to Ireland where the tax is something like 12.5%. But when America cuts its tax rate to 20%, the company will come back and build new buildings and hire new workers.

 Now I know my mind’s been clouded by all those years of teaching and defending the teaching of critical thinking. But I don’t even need to use critical thinking to figure out that 12.5% is significantly less than 20%. So are the operators and stock holders of Johnson Controls, who moved the company from America because they wanted to go where the tax was lower, just not smart? If that’s not the case, why will they be bringing the company back to America?

 Maybe it’s just something about trickle down that I don’t understand.

 

Say that again?

I just wanted a simple answer so I’d know what the program called “Silverlight” that someone loaded on my computer at the factory is. So I found a Microsoft Silverlight FAQ page, and here’s what I got:

What is Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight is a powerful tool for creating and delivering rich Internet applications and media experiences on the Web. Silverlight 5 builds on the foundation of Silverlight 4 for building business applications and premium media experiences. Silverlight 5 introduces more than 40 new features, including dramatic video quality and performance improvements as well as features that improve developer productivity.

Oh. Can’t wait for my next media experience. . . I think. I also wonder how many old features there were. I guess if I had watched Assassin’s Bullet the other night with Silverlight it might have improved Donald Sutherland’s performance.

See how much you can get from a simple answer.

 

Say What?

Found this amazing sentence in an email I received this afternoon:

The Ohio State Alumni Club of Atlanta invites you to see the home of our new football game watch parties at a preseason kickoff party. Renew your club membership for the 2012-13 year and enjoy free food and beverages at a reduced price.

That’s great news. I didn’t know how much longer I was going to be able to afford free food and beverages.