uspol, covid-19, explaining a trend 

the US lying about its COVID-19 numbers and stopping tracking them to make it look like they're doing better they are in reality is simply the most recent example of a pervasive problem under American capitalism. Namely, that if you change the way you measure a problem so that it looks better, that's orders of magnitude cheaper than actually addressing the problem.

Evergreen examples off the top of my head, all from economics bc it's the worst offender in this:
- Federal poverty line is a laughably small amount so that it can be claimed that there's few people in poverty talkpoverty.org/2016/09/13/pov
- US unemployment statistics are juked to look better than they actually are. this one's a great parallel to COVID too bc it *used* to be measured in a more sensible way but they changed it bc it looked bad unemploymentdata.com/unemploym
- The USA doesn't even keep official track of under-employment, which is a massively pervasive problem forbes.com/sites/payout/2017/0

uspol, covid-19, explaining a trend 

@melissasage it's a classic Russian move too, they change question in poll to get higher gov't approval or measure poverty in a screwed-up way

uspol, covid-19, explaining a trend 

@melissasage excellent observation

also, undercounting of minorities & immigrant populations in the US census, which affects our representative distribution, is about to happen again, and this time it’ll be SO much worse

uspol, covid-19, explaining a trend 

@melissasage @mwlucas Remember - it's all Obamas fault anyway, says Trump. (how he arrived at that conclusion is beyond me...)

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