I’ll admit that we are all guilty of filtering facts to fit our worldview. If we are going to be honest with ourselves and others, and create authentic arguments that go beyond emotional appeal alone, we have to consider the basic underlying facts of an issue.
Here is a good example of someone completely avoiding the hard math behind an issue. When the employees of a Canadian Wal-Mart tire & lube department won union representation, they sought increases in labor costs that would put the department into the red (meaning the shop would lose money), and there was no room to raise prices to compensate due to competition in the marketplace.
It is unfortunate that our government-owned school system fails to prepare our citizens in the basics of math. Oh well, as long as unions control the school system, who has a right to expect this to ever change?