that is why they say there are lies, damn lies and statistics.
Right you are, rachel198 but let me expand a little further on the subject.
The assurance of success comes with the "naming" of the thing.
Government spending is labeled as part of GDP? Since when is government a "Product"?
That is Overhead and Burden; it produces nothing. How about consumption? is that a product?
Is the Government producing a product when it mails out a welfare check? Is it producing a product when it pays a janitor for sweeping the floor of an unnecessary building?
Money taken from one productive person to pay another to do an unnecessary job is called producing a product?
Suppose the only money spent was by Government; what's the GDP?