New math, Washington style
A story today about the closing of a furniture plant reported the Commerce Department recently said "Chinese companies had been illegally dumping wooden bedroom furniture in the United States at discounts between 5 and 198 percent."
That's not possible. A 100 percent discount is all you can have. After that, it's free. The Chinese might have been giving away that bedroom suite with a rebate, but that's something different from a discount.
Perhaps the Commerce Department types need a new calculator. We, as journalists, should not perpetuate their innumeracies.