Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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The key phrase there was "IF the analyst...". The White House never told anyone that they were changing the way they calculated inflation, or the way they calculated deficit spending for that matter. It took investigative reporters to look at the numbers that were given, note that they looked wrong to what was happening in the real world and push for answers. Once the cat was out of the bag, BLS started putting out the additional columns in the datasets.
So, yes, it was intentionally done to deceive, to make the tax cuts look like they were working on two levels. But like much of the rest of the Bush Administration, it was done poorly and easily caught.
Oh, the White House. I haven't listened to that shit since Jimmuh Cahter. I'm suprised to hear anybody gives a moment's thought to their economic "projections". When I want analysis from government I don't go to Congress or the White House. Those people are in the business of political persuasion. For objective information I go to Census, USDA, BLS, FWS, USGS, or one of those other agencies that analyze data as part of their core mission.
Expecting objective analysis from politicians is kind of naive.
The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and thatís what I intend to reverse.
~ Senator Barack H. Obama