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itsOkay June 9th, 2014 4:22pm

When the federal gov tells us something (economic report, inflation numbers, jobs reports, etc) do you just assume that it's a lie until you see evidence that confirms it?

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DavesNotHere where am I
06/09/14 6:42 pm

I assume it edited or embellished or exaggerated.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/09/14 5:01 pm

Yes. Obama has me conditioned. BF Skinner, the father of operant conditioning, would be proud of him.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
06/09/14 4:55 pm

Lately? Yes.

MrEdwin Mystery
06/09/14 4:48 pm

I'm starting to lean towards believing everything I'm told is a lie

bethanyq Ess Eff
06/09/14 3:11 pm

Certainly not. But if it doesn't comport with things I know/understand about the economy, I may research it more. A lot of things calculated by the government are (and always have been) based on very particular definitions of terms.

roundsquare round square
06/09/14 2:33 pm

Anyone who believes the government is a fucking idiot.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
06/09/14 12:53 pm

I wait for the edit a month later.

monkey678 Towelhead
06/09/14 12:12 pm

Do you mean stuff like CBO reports or more like press conferences?

ScrewU Gone
06/09/14 11:14 am

I used to trust that the media would point out misrepresentations, but they've either stopped doing that or perhaps they never did.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/09/14 11:58 am

Agree. The media is now largely in bed with the gov.

swervin Maryland
06/09/14 10:50 am

I didn't until the Obama administration took over. Although, to be fair, I didn't pay much attention to politics before then.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
06/09/14 10:07 am

There are usually five different interpretations of the numbers (with vast omissions) and three revisions of said datum months or years after the initial report, with five+ interpretations each time.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
06/09/14 9:43 am

Nah. I assume there is always some spin, some angle, but it's what they don't tell us that usually bothers me more. Obviously what they tell us is what they want us to hear, whether it be truth, or stretched, or even even ally found to be a lie....

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
06/09/14 9:43 am

It's the motivations behind these actions that make me uneasy. I get that we don't need to know everything, hell, I don't want to, but The People lost control of the leadership at the very top a long time ago....

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
06/09/14 9:45 am

Money, has done the talking for quite a while and will continue to until we figure out a way to get money and politicians as far away from each other as possible. Sadly, I don't know how we'll ever be able to without a massive overhaul to the system.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
06/09/14 9:46 am

(even even ally = even eventually)

Torfin Never Behind
06/09/14 9:39 am

I didn't used to.

EarlyBird Portland
06/09/14 9:36 am

Ugh, yes and it makes me sick to feel this way.

Pirate Uses the Tap
06/09/14 9:25 am

I think everything is a lie coming from the Gov't.