Just a couple of days ago, State Representative Cesar Blanco, quoting figures from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, told the El Paso Times that Fort Bliss has had a $25 billion economic impact in El Paso.
That got me thinking.
And so I thought.
And as I thought I remembered.
I remembered earlier this year that El Paso Times ran an article stating that El Paso's 2014 GDP was roughly $32 billion.
I am no economist, but something tells me that Fort Bliss' $25 billion impact is NOT an annual thing.
But we won't know because neither Blanco or the El Paso Times' Marty Schladen provided any context to that $25 billion.
Why does it matter?
When something's importance is being overstated, things - in this case policy - will be steered towards that direction. Meanwhile, other understated items get ignored.