Thursday, December 18, 2008

NewSpeak: Census Bureau Style

When you don't like the results, simply re-define the terms. It's almost as good as lying with statistics.

The Census Bureau attributed an indeterminate amount of the increase to revised definitions adopted in 2007, which identify as parents any man and woman living together, whether or not they are married or the child’s biological parents.

According to the bureau’s estimates, the number of black children living with two parents was 59 percent in 1970, falling to 42 percent in 1980, 38 percent in 1990 and 35 percent in 2004. In 2007, the latest year for which data is available, it was 40 percent.

See? Things are going the right way!

HT: DomBet

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