Big Numbers Require Innovative Math


Last weekend Donald Trump crushed the competition at the South Carolina primary. In part, Trump has proven very adept at engaging groups of people who don’t usually participate in campaigns. For example, the American National Super PAC, a group of white nationalists, was motivated to place robo-calls claiming: “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, educated, white people.”

John McCain just couldn’t get those guys fired up back in 2008 because he’s not very smart.

But it’s more than just getting non-traditional voters involved in the campaign. Trump also has some very solid plans to get things done, and not just the border wall that the Mexicans will pay for. He also has a great plan to rein in entitlement spending.

Back in February Trump told a group of New Hampshire voters that he crunched the numbers on Medicare drug spending. He told the audience that he could save the U.S. $300 billion per year by negotiating drug prices. Now, Medicare spending on prescription drugs was only $78 billion in 2014. So how is Trump going to save $300 billion on $78 billion?

I don’t know. This must be the kind of math they taught at Trump University before it went out of business and got sued. But I’m sure Trump will find a way because he’s that good at business. It must all be in the art of the deal. Maybe he’ll get the drug companies to pay us to take their drugs, just like he’ll get the Mexicans to pay for that wall.

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