If you remember from prior posts, there have been changes made over time to both the calculations the government uses to measure inflation, and those it employs to measure unemployment.
On second thought, you don't have to remember. Here's the link to our post and here's the chart that was included in that post.
All of these changes have been specifically designed to lower the numbers for inflation and unemployment in a deliberate effort to deceive the public with regards to the true economic condition of the country.
And because the government's numbers are designed to deceive, they naturally fly in the face of the everyday citizen's everyday experience.
The result of course being that while people don't for the most part understand the specifics of what is going on, they do know that the numbers the government touts in an effort to sell a program or justify it's existance are under the best of circumstances wrong or worse (and IMHO) a bald faced lie.
The further result of course being that people view their government as, under the best of circumstances an incompetant joke, or (and IMHO) a lying incompetant joke.
Even your garden variety public school dropout who probably couldn't even begin to tell you how a percentage is calculated, intuitively understands that if CPI is the measure of how much the price of stuff is going up, then two is way too low a number.
The final further result of course being that people come to understand that if they can't trust the numbers the government pushes out there every single day as fact, they can't trust anything the government has to say on any issue.
And when I say anything, I mean everything, from 9/11 commisions to anything you might care to ponder.
Which is exactly the situation we find ourselves in at this very instant.
If you want to actually fix this mess, the place to start is to go back to the original method for measuring unemployment and the CPI.
While those calculations may not be perfect, they will serve us well by accurately defining where we are in comparison to where we have been, and in doing so will represent the first tentative steps toward establishing an honest federal government.
OK, OK a more honest federal government.