Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Studies prove...
Old 08-16-2006, 08:55 PM   #1
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,712
Studies prove...

The refutation of the census data used by Ty Bernicke's study makes this article especially poignant:

"Whenever I hear the phrase 'studies prove' this or that, it makes me think back to the beginning of my career as an economist at the Labor Department in Washington.
Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg was scheduled to appear before Congress to argue in favor of some policy that the Labor Department wanted enacted into law. Down at the bottom of the chain of command, I was given four sets of census data that had not yet been published and was told to analyze these data for a report to go to the Secretary of Labor.
Two of these sets of data seemed to support the Labor Department's position but the other two went counter to it. When I wrote up a paper explaining why this was so and concluded that the statistics overall were inconclusive, there was much dismay among those in the hierarchy between me and the Secretary.
They were also puzzled as to why anyone would write up such a paper, knowing what the Department's position was on the issues. They took my paper, edited and rewrote it before passing it up the chain of command.
Secretary Goldberg then made his usual confident presentation of the rewritten study to Congress, probably unaware of the contradictory data that had been left out.
It was a valuable experience so early in my career to learn that what 'studies prove' is often whatever those who did the studies wanted to prove. Labor Department studies 'prove' whatever serves the interest of the Labor Department, just as Agriculture Department studies 'prove' whatever serves the Department of Agriculture's interests."

He goes on to critique a study of Britain's criminal justice system and U.S. government funding of global warming studies.


The book written on, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Studies prove...
Old 08-16-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 442
Re: Studies prove...

Reminds me about the times I served on Jury duty listening to the "expert" witness. The "expert witness" is nothing more than a person with a bunch of degrees paid to spew out one side of the story.
dmpi is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Federal Court Jury Summons WanderALot Other topics 41 01-14-2007 11:17 AM
PE switching studies - proceed with caution! sgeeeee FIRE and Money 15 04-29-2004 06:09 PM
Assets to include in Safe Withdrawal studies RedOscar FIRE and Money 12 07-10-2002 01:29 AM

» Quick Links

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:35 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.