There’s a pretty simple concept at the root of our standard accounting system – Double Entry Accounting.
Stick with me.
It means that debits have to equal credits. We learn those in school visually by using T-accounts. So, for example, if I spend $20 on lunch at McDonalds, we would record that on our books as a debit (DR) to a meal expense account and a credit (CR) to cash. It would look like this:
Monitoring and participating in discussions about the Zimmerman verdict in the last week, I keep hearing ridiculous comparisons/deflections/obfuscations.
What about OJ? He was acquitted from murdering two white people? One person even said it — Now we’re even. So here’s the T-account.
Or I read this one. Why are we making such a big deal about this one case while black kids kill each other all the time in Chicago? Why isn’t the president talking about this? After all, it is his home town. This argument almost always uses the phrase “black on black crime.” I suppose these people are looking for something to add to the DR side of this equation, to their entry balance.
Here is the problem with these T-accounts.
1) OJ Simpson’s murder trial has nothing to do with George Zimmerman’s murder trial.
2) The violence in Chicago has nothing to do with the George Zimmerman murder trial.
One topic at a time.
If you can’t talk about the Zimmerman trial without trying to deflect attention toward something entirely unrelated, I challenge you to ask yourself why. Otherwise, your T-account might as well be:
Meaningless and bound to make you look at least a little foolish.