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If The Facts Don't Fit, Change The Facts: How The Obama Administration Undercuts Public Confidence
Forbes ^ | 4-21-14 | Merrill Matthews

Posted on 04/22/2014 6:51:04 PM PDT by SJackson

If The Facts Don't Fit, Change The Facts: How The Obama Administration Undercuts Public Confidence In Government Statistics

John Adams, the second president of the United States, once noted, “Facts are stubborn things.” Well, not in the Age of Obama, where “facts,” like the number of uninsured Americans, can be easily changed to suit the president and his agenda.

Last week the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will use a new way to count the uninsured. The Bureau concedes the new approach is almost guaranteed to produce lower uninsured numbers—at exactly the time that President Obama wants lower uninsured numbers. Coincidence?

The Washington Post quotes Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson as saying, “I can assure you, I have had no discussions of this with the White House or with anyone else in the administration.” But wasn’t that what former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman snidely told Congress, then later news reports showed his name on the White House visitors’ log 157 times?

To be sure, there has been a long-running debate over whether the Census Bureau overcounts the uninsured, so an effort to revise the system would be helpful. With any other administration it would be reasonable to give it the benefit of the doubt, but you cannot make that assumption when Obama is involved. Indeed, the administration may have tipped its hand early.

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Apologies, but facts and Obama administration in the title isn't my fault.
1 posted on 04/22/2014 6:51:04 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Perhaps 25 years ago, Sissela Bok,the wife of former Harvard president Derek Bok, wrote an important and often-quoted book about truthfulness being a necessary core value of government.

She said that if the government is not held accountable to always telling the truth, it will collapse into despotism.

We’re there.


2 posted on 04/22/2014 7:02:30 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: kaehurowing

I do believe you are correct.
Obama’s lies are listed as 252, yet, he has an 86 approval rating among democrats.
A strong society is sustained by warranted trust. There are ill consequences for such corruption.


3 posted on 04/22/2014 7:57:19 PM PDT by griswold3
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The malevolent Chicago criminals wasted no time.....the minute Obama/Valerie/Rahm/Axelrod, and that bunch, landed in DC they did two things that were apparently crucial to their evil plans

(a) they took control of the US Census;

(b) Obama placed his COS Rahm Emanuel in control of the US Dept of the Treasury (the IRS).

THE SMOKING GUN---WSJ REPORT--On Jan 20, 2009 Timothy Geithner was appointed Obama's Secy of the Treasury. But within three weeks, the Obama White House tightened its grip on Treasury. Obama put his COS, Rahm Emanuel, in charge of Treasury---Rahm Emanuel's dual role was an unusual move.

When he got to Treasury, WH COS Rahm Emanuel was so involved in the inner workings of the Treasury that the phrase "Rahm wants it" had become an unofficial mantra among subservient govt staffers, prostrate in obeisance, scurrying to accede to Rahm's wishes, according to Treasury government officials. Reported by WSJ / 05/31/09

More here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124113406528875137.html

THIS MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD shortly after quitting his powerful WH job as Obama's COS, Rahm held a presser declaring he "just remembered" he really, Really wanted to be Mayor of Chicago. Then Rahm announced he had magically "raised" $10 million for his campaign in "just a matter of weeks." (waiting for hysterical laughter to die down). Ya gotta wonder how much Wall Street Rahm wired offshore when Obama put him in charge of the entire US Treasury.

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Rahm Emanuel takes over Chicago / May 16, 2011

EDITED EXCERPT .... an exciting time in the inbred world of Chicago Democratic politics.... Democratic don, Richard M. Daley ruled for 22 years, inheriting the mayoralty from his father, Mayor Richard J. Daley who held on for a generation. Now the ex-chief of staff of Chicagoan Barack Obama (once a state Senator, now president) was installed. US Treasury Secy Tim Geithner was there, and so was Chicagoan David Axelrod, an O team player.

BTW, Mayor Daley's former chief of staff, Valerie Jarrett, hired Obama's wife, Michelle, to work in Chicago City Hall. Jarret is now ensconced in Washington, as Obama's chief policy advisor.

In Chicago gangland vernacular, "chief policy advisor" means "wire-transfer artist".

Mayor Emanuel's innovative ways commenced early on---his organization was getting $50G's for the best seats at the inauguration (mmmm........that accounts for another couple million scammed from Treasury).

The mayoralty (and its--cough--"benefits") is a job Emanuel has coveted since he was a machine go-fer back in the 1980s.....before he became Bill Clinton's national campaign finance chairman and then a dual role as senior White House aide and Goldman Sachs lobbyist and then (gasp) becoming a multi-millionaire, thanks to a measly few months at a local investment firm...then a (gag) Congressman for four terms---then White House chief of staff for Obama that helped create the 2010 Republican House landslide.

SOURCE http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/05/rahm-emanuel-new-chicago-mayor-tim-geithner.html

4 posted on 04/23/2014 4:35:51 AM PDT by Liz
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