Thursday, June 26, 2003

Riiiiight: Take another look at the table in that Citizens for Tax Justice link. Look at both tables. Read the fine print:
The year-by-year fluctations between surpluses and deficits are smoothed in the table for clarity.
This is a statisticians way of comparing apples and oranges. Smoothed averages of 8 years (or 4, on two occasions) of spending in previous administrations compared with one year of actual spending and one year of projected spending for W. Bush.

Now look at the larger table again. If you were to compare year for year, instead of some trumped-up comparision that looks good for your party, you see an entirely different story.

You come see me when you have numbers that don't have to be fudged.

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