Depressing Calculation…

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I don’t know which is worse: that Borders Books is going out of business a block away from the Time bureau in D.C., or that it feels compelled to post signs declaring 50 percent off of its remaining stock — complete with a chart showing how much dozens of prices are…when they are cut in half. The fact that this is the closest bookstore to the White House and its Office of Management and Budget only deepens one’s sense of gloom about America’s ailing arithmetic skills.