Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Statistics are only worth the honesty put into them

The Obama administration is trying to introduce a new poverty measure, which measures relative distribution rather than an absolute level required for safe food, clothing and shelter. I don't know about you, but I define poverty as "being unable to buy the things you need", not "having less money than a CEO".
There's a political agenda here, of course - poverty can look stubborn or increasing even as everyone's standard of living keeps going up, which gives heavy redistributionists ammunition.
The Bush administration's information and statistics were not the most robust, but unfortunately, the Obama administration is looking even worse on this front - remember the surveys they were using to try and measure "jobs created or saved?"

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