My peeve is the statistic that 8 million signed up for ObamaCare, therefore the healthcare lot of the other 307 million Americans has to be getting better. There is not statistical evidence that this is true – premiums and deductibles are higher, the number of uninsured remains about the same, and access and choice have narrowed with people losing their doctors, hospitals, and health plans.
Bruce Feiler, “Statisticians 10, Poets 0,” New York Times, May 18, 2014.
My peeve is that our government keeps attacking climate change and global warming as the giants causing our troubles. Government is saying this warming with its attendant weather changes is something it can do something about through legislation when in fact it is beyond government’s control, and is a convenient way of distracting from its domestic and foreign woes which it has a much better prospects for changing.
Tweet: Manipulation of statistics, dependence on data, strawman arguments, and tilting at windmills are convenient but ineffective ways of distorting human and political realities.