Social Math: Solving homelessness vs. buying broken planes

social mathPutting numbers into context by comparing them to things people are more familiar with in their daily lives is an important tool for building public understanding of complex policy issues.  This recent example from Think Progress uses this approach to call out our spending priorities by comparing what we spend on fighter jets to what it would cost to buy homes for homeless Americans. According to Think Progress “Americans have spent enough money on a broken plane to buy every homeless [person] a mansion.” What does that say about our priorities?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *