About

Political Math is written by an individual with far too much free time on his hands. This blog is primarily a suppliment to the YouTube channel 10000Pennies, which shows data visualizations on political topics.

The problem with the videos is that, if every tiny calculation were shown in the videos, they would be boring. However, I don’t want it to look like I’m trying to hide the data. The beauty of what I do is that the data is free for anyone to look at… the only problem is that only a few people really look at it and even fewer people understand it. So this blog is in place to get into the details for those who are either curious or skeptical.

As for me (this is an “About” page, after all), my name is Matthias Shapiro. After I posted my first video on a lark (seen here) I became a minor celebrity, visiting Washington DC, meeting with Senators, speaking at think tanks and conventions. This condition was thankfully temporary.

My normal job is as a software UX designer/developer (I try to keep up with Silverlight technology over at Designer Silverlight) and I have no desire to work in politics or media in any capacity. This is strictly a fun hobby for me.

If you’d like to contact me, you can e-mail me at matthias (dot) shapiro+100pennies (at) gmail (dot) com. I’m open to speaking engagements (I LOVE to talk to groups and individuals about videos and data and information visualization and a little about policy, although the latter isn’t my expertise), but I will not do custom videos. Please don’t ask.

I’m not looking for fame or a fight. I just know that we live in a world filled with numbers and I want to help people understand what those numbers mean.

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  4. Brett Bannor says:

    I’ve done a bit of analysis on the electoral college system and race. I began with a hypothetical that in 2008 John McCain and Barack Obama were candidates in two nations: one consisting only of the states in which the percentage of blacks in the population was 20% or more, a second consisting only of the states in which the percentage of blacks in the population was 3% or less. There are nine states–actually eight plus DC–in the first nation, the one of states with high percentages of African-Americans; and twelve states in the nation composed of states having low percentages of African-Americans.

    Using the 2008 results and electoral counts, McCain beats Obama in the first nation 47 electoral votes to 31. In the second nation, however, Obama prevails 30 electoral votes to 21. In other words, the white candidate won the election of high percentage black states and the black candidate won the election of low percentage black states! Obama in ’08 lost in places like Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina, but he won in Oregon, Iowa, and upper New England.

    Would you be interested in a submission on this, which would include some commentary discussing whether due to the electoral college system the black vote is rendered largely irrelevant in presidential elections?

  5. JV says:

    Brilliant! Great work!

  6. Brenden says:

    Hi, I’m a software architect in the D.C. area, I work mostly with DHS. I really like the work you do. Should you ever need any help that’s “tek” related even just with WordPress I’d be happy to help out just to see you continue to do the great work your doing. Most any technical topic fine if I’m not an expert someone who works for me probably is.

    Just let me know and PLEASE keep up the good work!

    Brenden

    p.s.
    I think you have a “Sample Page” showing in error, it’s may be because you switched themes???

  7. Gregg says:

    Ever thought of focusing your skills on educating our nation regarding the one issue that COMPLETELY DWARFS every other?

    According to the GAO, our nation is TODAY net present value 50 years of ALL Income AND Social Security taxes short for its current commitments.

    And just 2% growth on present value 50 years short is 1 year growth.

    So we would have to immediately DOUBLE ALL Income & Social Security taxes just to keep our 50 years short from GROWING.

    – our unfunded liabilities are > $120T,
    – and ALL federal revenue from income AND Social Security taxes is less than $2.4T/yr!!!
    please realize $120T / $2.4T = 50x,
    so every taxpayer owes 50 years of taxes TODAY just to get us back to even!!!
    – We have a 100% debt to GDP ratio,
    going up ~10%/yr with >$1.2T deficits, so it’s a right now problem,
    – 60% of public debt matures in less than 3yrs,
    – astronomical money supply growth
    – and the Fed bought >60% of the Treasury’s debt issuance in 2011,
    with money created out of thin air
    – the coming loss of the US Dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency

  8. John Megna says:

    I just found your blog after seeing the Debt Roadtrip video. Awesome work and I really appreciate the way you thoughtfully analyzed the data. Well done! I’ve been analyzing the federal budget just about every year for the past 20 years and am extremely concerned about the tide of red ink sweeping the nation. There are many reasons for this, of course, including an aging population, increased cost of medical care, tax cuts, wars, etc. but, in the end, it is a complete failure of leadership over a sustained period of time from both political parties and this has put our nation at great risk. I look forward to reading more of your work!

  9. Seeking Answers says:

    As a numbers guy, how do you feel about the following article from Forbes? http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2012/10/10/want-a-better-economy-history-says-vote-democrat/

  10. Fuzzy Face says:

    My liberal friends are now pushing this video: http://www.upworthy.com/the-complete-guide-of-what-to-blame-for-our-debt-problem-brought-to-you-by-math?g=2 and I was curious as to whether you think it honest. I find that I am having serious problems reconciling the claims, which suggest that the majority of the deficit is Bush’s fault, with the sudden increase under Obama. Have you done a year-by-year breakdown of spending vs revenue that would resolve what appears to be a contradiction?

  11. David Welch says:

    I just published my book but when I do an update, in about a year, I’d love to add a chapter called Political Math and have you write it. My book is an equal opportunity critique of both Democrats and Republicans. My idea is that we need to elect 30-40 Independents to the house. Mathmatically this is quite reasonable since 24% of the registered voters in the country are Independents. See my webpage at http://www.stoptheinsanitytarget2014.com.

  12. Jeff Schrade says:

    I love your pennies video explaining the budget situation. I would love to see you update it! Please… pretty please.. update please!!! 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWt8hTayupE

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