2006/03/21

Rush Limbaugh & perspective

Rush Limbaugh puts Iraq casualties "in perspective". First he lists the number of Americans lost in auto accidents and various other causes. They're as follows:

Auto Accidents
120000
Falling Down
45000
Poisoning
27000
Drowning
12000

So far, so good. Then he lists casualties from the Iraq War as 2300. Okay.
Let's try putting these numbers into percentages using Atrios' number of Americans as 300,000,000 and his number of 130,000 as the total American troops in Iraq.

Auto Accidents 120000 % of 300m
0.040
Falling Down 45000 % of 300m 0.015
Poisoning 27000 % of 300m 0.009
Drowning 12000 % of 300m 0.004
Casualties
2300
% of 130,000
1.769

The Memory Hole estimates that the wounded outnumber the dead by around seven to one, which means that adding that row means:

Wounded
16100
% of 130,000
12.385

Rush is right. We need to look at the Iraq War casualties in perspective. The difference is, of course, that Rush just wants to look at the raw numbers without examining what they mean.

3 comments:

Vegas Chuck said...

I just wonder how many Rush has wonded with golf balls!?

http://www.badgolfer.com/departments/features/rush-limbaugh-radio-king-golf-2124.htm

Rich said...

Interesting article, but I strongly disagree with his assertion that liberalism is dying. I think Democrats will kick serious butt this November if they work up the courage to support Feingold's censure resolution.

monkeymeter said...

I don't know where the 120,000 number came from for auto accidents. Over 40,000 fatalaties a year occur in the U.S. due to auto accidents. Check NHTSA.org. If he is refering to non fatal accidents then the number is closer to 180,000.

Also,

There is a approval poll about Rush on my site: Do you like Rush Limbaugh? Simple Yes or No.

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http://www.apopularitycontest.com/display_poll.php?ID=269

So far there has been 258 votes, and 52% say Yes.