TODAY'S LOGIC QUIZ
Yesterday, Matt from Florida phoned in to “Talk of the Nation,” National Public Radio's weekday call-in show. The topic concerned the effects of government policies on hiring in the private sector. Here's the excerpted transcript of Matt's conversation with host Neal Conan:
MATT: I am a dock photographer, or I own the dock photography businesses down here on the marina. Two years ago - my last two didn't really count, with the oil spill. But three years ago, we had 72 days of snapper season, which is a busy time of the year. Almost every boat goes out and charter fishes. This year, we only had 48 days. So I had two less employees. We're 30 less days this year because of federal regulations.
CONAN: And that's presumably to prevent overfishing?
MATT: Presumably, yes. The fish were - have never been bigger, and have never been more plentiful as they have been this year. I actually went on a scientific mission with the Florida Wildlife - Fish and Wildlife here. And in an eight-hour trip, we caught 302 red snappers. I caught 50-some that day. These were all catch and release. But they were very plentiful out there. Hopefully, the science will catch up with the regulations soon enough. But, yes, directly because of federal regulations, I don't have two more employees for 30 extra days this year.
He wasn't called on it, but what's the critical error in Matt's thinking?
A transcript of the entire program can be found here.
illustration: THREE MORE WORLDS--RAINBOW TROUT & OSPREY (2000) acrylic on illustration boards 30" x 20"