Finite field math in the Romney speech

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

Some people have been puzzled about this part of Romney’s speech:

His trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk;

His $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance Obamacare will both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation – and jobs – in medicine.

And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.

Some people wonder how government spending cuts can destroy jobs in the first 2 paragraphs but then spending increases destroy jobs in the 3rd paragraph. I believe this must be finite field math: The first 2 paragraphs exist in one universe, and the 3rd paragraph exists in a different universe. There really is no other way to reconcile these 3 paragraphs.

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