26 Dec '11, 1pm

Bad math makes claim that each Volt cost taxpayers $250,000 go viral

Oh, how easy it is to go viral on the Internet. All you have to do is be really, really bad at math. Or have an agenda. Here's how to play the game: Start with a car that is already in the news and for some reason has turned into a political hot button. Something like, say, the Chevy Volt . Then, make up a completely bogus number about how much each one costs taxpayers and put it out there. Get Drudge involved . Sit back, relax and see your nonsense spread like wildfire. This is exactly what James Hohman, the assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, did recently. You may have seen the headlines: "Each Chevy Volt Costs Taxpayers $250,000 ." "Are Volts for dolts? It's starting to look that way ." "Report: Every Chevy Volt has over $250,000 in government subsidies ." When we first saw this story, we looked it over and figured the math was ...

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