"Never — and I mean never — blindly trust the statistics you read [or hear] about the economy."
by:
Don Luskin
(1954-) American columnist
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In this "Through The Looking-Glass" day, virtually nothing is being portrayed in an even remotely reflective of Reality light.
 -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Broadcast 'news' is designed to get a specific response. Forget about the content being published, look into the reasons such responses are desired. The same numbers can be made to look like the trend is good or bad. What are they really trying to sell me?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    You can't even trust the definitions. No business has to include expenses in their taxable income. However, American taxpayers have to allow the EXPENSE of government to be included in Gross Domestic Product!
     -- Durham Ellis, Birmingham, AL     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Obama get telling us that the economy was just fine, and it wasn't.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Oops, kept instead of "get".
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    We hold this truth to be self-evident ! ! ! Statistics, hmmm ;-) ahh? By way of example: global climate change. The global climate has never been static - not in millions of years. The reasons for such causal change comes from intellectual, scholastic, political, etc., vantages. On the here subject, statistics are used to create science. 90 percent plus of scientists consulted with, give a similar or harmonious conclusion. A question might be asked; what specifically is or who makes up that group of scientists? and further; why were they selected for their hypothesis? Could that group with a 90%+ agreement factor that so vehemently disagrees with a numerically superior number of scientists on the subject be the same group that is paid by governments to come up with those statistical conclusions? hmmm?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    Never let a CPA become the CEO....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the US     
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