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August 29, 2011
Democrat Running To Replace Anthony Weiner Thinks The Government's Debt Is... $4 Trillion
That's not a misprint; he thinks it's four trillion, rather than fourteen.
It's worse than that. This isn't him being tongue-tied. This is him taking a wild guess.
To not know the level of government indebtedness when this has been the national story for six months is disqualifying. It simply shows he doesn't even bother to read the newspapers.
Furthermore, even guessing, he can't even manage to ballpark it.
Democrat David Weprin (top photo), an assemblyman and former city councilman, said he is running because it is a "very exciting time fiscally, with the nation's debt situation, with the debt ceiling, with the deficit."
You can't even call him Rain Man because Rain Man would have nailed that figure.
The article goes on to knock the Republican candidate, Bob Turner, too, but just for opposing the Ground Zero Mosque (with zoning measures the reporter claims would be unconstitutional, no matter how they were written) and for being arguably stingy with benefits for Ground Zero responders.
Even if you don't like his take, that's not disqualifying as in the case of the Democrat, who, very literally, would have to sequester himself carefully from any discussion of national-level politics for at least a year to have missed the debt figure.
Either that, or he's a simpleton.
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