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Math Doesn't Add Up

Kenneth L. Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 9:51 AM
You and Obama agree that we need more jobs. How do we get them? Because we measure all kinds of arcane things, we live in a fictional economy. GDP includes government spending, several measures of inflation produce politically useful results, borrowing from the Social Security Trust Fund helps us reduce the "deficit" (even to eliminate it in Clinton's day, although the debt somehow continued to rise during that period of budget "surplus"!), reductions in baseline increases are called "cuts" in spending, and even as everybody enjoys a standard of living that includes automobiles, air conditioning, obesity levels of food consumption, ubiquitous "Obamaphones," etc., poverty and hunger are said to be problems. It's a Lewis Carrol world.
Texas Chris Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 2:22 PM
I expected to gain 20 pounds this month, but I only gained 5 pounds. According to congress, I lost 15 pounds.
Texas Chris Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 2:22 PM
Adding government spending to GDP is like adding what the thief spent to you household budget.

Sometimes the math just doesn’t work.  

During the Second World War, women did more to contribute to the war effort than just rivet in the factory or tend to the kids; they became an integral part of business, finance, and industry.  In fact, women functioned outside of the home in ways never dreamt of. 

Once the war ended, however, it was expected that men would resume their roles as hunters and gatherers and women would revert back to the keepers of the hearth. 

For a while, American society did, in fact,...