Derek Hunter

In September, White House Spokesmodel Jay Carney was asked about the mounting stories of companies cutting employees and hours to get under the arbitrary magic numbers created for Obamacare’s many mandates. In typical progressive fashion, Carney dismissed reality and substituted his own. “There’s a difference between anecdotes and data,” he said.

He’s right, of course. And he should know … his boss has governed by anecdote, not data, not facts, since he took office.

Putting Obamacare aside for the moment, the most egregious example in the history of the United States of the bluster of anecdotes over reality came in the president’s first year.

After passage of the trillion-dollar taxpayer payoff to Democrat donors knows as the “stimulus,” the economy only worsened. The debt skyrocketed, economic growth flat lined, and unemployment ballooned. After wasting the GDP of many small nations and having nothing to show for it, the president glibly joked, “Shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected.”

That’s the kind of “humor” you can only attempt when you spend someone else’s money.

But after taking one-third of the annual US budget and setting it on fire, the White House needed some unit of measure to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Enter “saved or created.”

Until the “saved or created” yardstick was manufactured at the White House’s unicorn dream factory, it had never been used before. Data, to that point, was always factual and quantifiable. No more.

The Obama administration, having nothing to show for the largest single check the government ever wrote, scrapped every unit of measure humans had used to that point and went hypothetical. They created the unprovable “saved or created” measure for jobs. It was genius. Diabolical, a lie and corrupt, but genius.

Not only was it impossible to prove any job had been “saved” by the stimulus, it was impossible to prove they hadn’t. It was a hypothetical abstract about an alternate future that could never be. You can’t argue with that. Well, you could argue with that if we had an honest press that didn’t simply parrot White House talking points, but we don't.

They’d pulled off what may well have been the greatest hoax in the history of statistics – hell, in the history of math. Until Obamacare, that is.

On Tuesday, the White House dusted off the old choir risers, loaded them up with human puppets lined up like trained seals waiting for a fish, and got them to clap on command for Obamacare. Who were these human puppets? Obamacare “success stories” – more accurately known as anecdotes.


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.