I Have To Ask, Why Do We Trust Them?
by James Glaser
March 26, 2009
The stock market went up yesterday, and the reason given by the New York Times was that the Commerce Department reported that "orders for durable goods" went up by 3.4% in February.
Durable goods orders might have gone up, but they very well might have gone down. Last month, Washington told us that in January durable goods orders fell by 5.2%, but now they revise that number to 7.3%.
In January the unemployment figure of lost jobs was 650,000 and we all thought that was a new record, but Washington said, "Not True." You see, they revised December and November's numbers, and they were higher. On top of that, Washington has played with unemployment numbers for years, making the economy look better than it really is.
Here are two examples of what past presidents have done to make things seem better than they were.
Politicians lie, and our government is run by politicians. If they tweak the numbers here and there, they can make the American public think things are better than they actually are. Barack Obama has had a few bad weeks with the AIG bonus scandal and his joking on television about disabled adults. So, do you think he or one of his staff is not tempted to play with some of our economic forecast numbers? You know they are saying to themselves that every past president has done that, and that is true.
The temptation is there, and you know they are thinking that a little good news could turn things around. My question is, why do we believe any thing that Washington tells us? We know they lie, and we know they have been doing it for years.
If you doubt that Washington lies, try Googling "What is the real inflation number?" or how about, "What is the real nation debt?"
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