Submitted by Matt McCracken on Fri, 2008-06-13 09:55
PART I: INTRODUCTION
There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics!
- Mark Twain -
Have you noticed that what you pay at the pump or the check-out counter seems to have little correlation with government inflation figures? Does it seem that prices for daily necessities are going up at a rate far greater than 4%/year? Well, the following will attempt to explain why your experience is far different than what the government is telling us. Over the past 20 plus years, the government has made several “adjustments” to the primary measurement of inflation known as the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In this article, I will explain what those adjustments are and why they have resulted in the significant understatement of the CPI. If I were a lawyer (which I’m not) and if I were prosecuting the government, the first steps I would need to take is to establish that the government and more specifically the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has both the means and motive to manipulate inflation statistics.Read more