Hi, I’m John Patty. I own and am planning to write this blog.
I set this up to offer my own take on “the math” behind questions of the day. Nothing fancy—just some facts along with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
My goal here (unless I state otherwise, which I believe will be rare) is not to argue what the “right policy” is. Indeed, I intend to focus on the reality that, in many cases, there isn’t an unambiguous “best choice.” Rather, I want to provide (sourced) facts about the policies under discussion and, hopefully, provide some clarity on what the different options actually mean.
I promise I will make mistakes. I also promise to try and make them as apparent as possible to those of you who doubt the claim(s) in question. I’d rather be shown to be wrong about facts than to listen to shouting matches between people slinging “fact-like” assertions at each other.