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  • winholder winholder Jan 31, 2013 2:06 PM Flag

    ricky is not the brightest bulb

    Which data? One week it is all peaches and cream, we are headed for the most promising economy in decades, and the wisdom of Obama has saved us all, then suddenly and 'unexpectedly' we are going the other direction.

    As the old saying goes, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. We all know that like polls, most statistics can be used to get whatever answer you need. Of course when someone calls you on the manipulation, you can always claim that the 'facts' just hadn't caught up with the statistics used, or some other political mumbo jumbo.

    It happens far too often for you to continue this blatant and foolish denial.

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    • "One week it is all peaches and cream, we are headed for the most promising economy in decades"

      No. One week is statistical noise. The overall data is consistent with a moderate recovery. Either way, winholder, either it's lies or its not. You can't pick and choose the good weeks as lies and the bad weeks as truth. At least you can't and consider yourself honest.

      "We all know that like polls, most statistics can be used to get whatever answer you need."

      Which is what you do. If you look at economic indicators or polls in their entirety over time they create a very good picture of the economy or public opinion. If you pick one instance of one indicator you won't get a good picture. If you decide all positive indicators are lies and all negative indicators are the truth you'll be someone who uses statistics to lie to people. That is what you do. That is what the conservative media does.

 
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