Besides the Three Stooges Math debunking proper, Tugwit also made a good post on how/why, likely, the scam managed to be working for so long, not just with politicians, but also in academia, re: psychology, ignorance/disdain for math, etc:
Many very good points made, IMO.
My name is pronounced like "see real". I code stuff for a living and for pleasure. I care quite a bit about language.
I think America should consider doing the same, and... ASAP!