Yesterday I wrote about the problems with Tea Party math. But maybe the problem is more systemic than that, and it's not just Tea Partiers but Americans in general who have no freaking clue what they're talking about when they discuss issues like the national budget (which, really, is a pretty important thing to get right).
CNN just released a new poll in which Americans were asked what percentage of the federal budget went to fund certain programs. For example, the median guess on how much of the budget funds public broadcasting? 5%.
Five % of the federal budget would be around $178 billion, not the $420 million (or around one-tenth of one %) that really went to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 5% of those polled thought that public broadcasting ate up more than half of the federal budget.
No wonder some people are willing to kill it. They just don't have the slightest idea what they're talking about.