The great comedian Henny Youngman was once asked how his wife was and he replied as compared to what?
Over the last several years how we measure the rates of unemployment and inflation have been changed many times. The net effect has been to reduce these rates so as to mitigate any voter unhappiness with our career politicians!
Every year during this same period the media would also do stories about how our students SAT scores where declining when compared to their parents SAT scores. Eventually the way these tests were scored was changed so that no comparison could be made.
So the next time your career politician tells you that they are doing a great job be sure to ask them as compared to what? The UK Prime Minister Disraeli was correct when he said that there were 3 kinds of lies: “Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics”