Does The End Justify The Means?
A very ugly trend is emerging from the ranks of both the political and scientific world. In the past, fudging the number was done by the most unscrupulous in both worlds. Now, it is an epidemic. We are witnessing trends that reveal those who don’t like what the data shows will simply change the numbers.
The reason stems from the old adage, the end justifies the means. As it turns out, the end for which the numbers are being massaged and the reason bean counters are willing to sell their souls is – socialism, global climate regulation, health-care legislation, repudiating debt commitments and the list goes on.
At first glance, it appears no number is immune. Numbers also falling prey to manipulation is the GDP, inflation, unemployment and even temperature.
Politicians continue to clamor and even threaten for alternative numbers that will make them look better. A call for a new, socialist-friendly way to measure the economy is in the wind. You might consider that “crazy talk” but there is historical precedent for a “socialist GDP.” It turns out that Mikhail Gorbachev kept Soviet statistics in two sets of books: those they published, and those they actually believed. Stalin did the same thing when he was alive.
America is not immune. We now have the king of liars and manipulators in the White House. Barack Hussein Obama has certainly taken lying and number manipulation to a new level. For a guy that promised transparency, he hides the numbers pretty good don’t you think?
Instead of counting unemployment numbers, he stands proudly and touts some imaginary number about the number of jobs “created or saved” by the stimulus bill. If you stop to think about that for a minute you might feel insulted that Obama would think you so stupid as to believe such nonsense. I’ve heard of taking credit where there is none, but this is ridiculous.
You might also notice the congressional leadership tends to hype the number of green jobs “likely” to be created from the explosion of spending, subsidies, loans and mandates, while ignoring the job losses caused by its taxes, debt, regulations and diktats.
The president and his advisers have lied or exaggerated since day one. Obama claimed his radical attempt to regulate energy and the environment with the cap-and-trade bill would boost the economy. After confronted with economic reality, we discover another lie and his attempt to manipulate the numbers. He claims “all” their trillion dollar spending created jobs and spending more will create even more jobs. This is fine except why is the promised no higher than 8% unemployment rate now over 10%?
Environmentalists have descended into a separate reality where only green counts. Scientists from the University of East Anglia were caught manipulating, hiding or deleting data as to arrive at some predetermined consensus. Oh, there are also the attempts to squelch publication of studies coming to different conclusions.
What about the the most dubious lie of all – ObamaCare?
What can only be classified as a bad joke are the numbers used to justify health-insurance reform legislation. You must wonder how it is possible for the government to expand coverage and at the same time reduce the deficit. You manipulate the numbers. Didn’t you know that you can make anything sound good if only you have the numbers to back it up? Yep, any number that sells the lie will do because to socialist, the end justifies the means.
The good news is that the public doesn’t believe the Washington spin. Large majorities believe the health-care legislation will raise their insurance costs and increase the budget deficit. Most Americans are highly skeptical of the claims of climate extremists. And they have a more realistic reaction to the extraordinary deterioration in our public finances than do the President and Congress.
Those in Washington are greedy and live for power. The best way to shock them back into reality is vote out as many as possible. That, or string them up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
OK, OK – we’ll save that for later, if necessary.