Except when it paints a very stark picture of things.
Recently, I followed a link to this article about why the US isn’t anywhere close to a socialist state (short version: if we were, then our kids would be doing better, our income inequality would be smaller, and life in general would probably be better for the majority of Americans.) I reposted, because I thought it was a good article that raised some interesting points. Not that facts matter much to tea partiers. But because I’m pretty liberal, and an engineer, and curious, I enjoy facts. I was left wondering, though, where the facts came from. It was an op-ed piece, so I understand why they didn’t cite sources specifically, though it would have helped their cause. So I went looking, and found a wealth of information here:
It’s not that easy to use at first, but you can dig into some complete datasets from countries around the world regarding GDP, unemployment rate, spending on healthcare, etc. I was able to generate some pretty neat graphs.
Follow the links on this page:
and you should be able to recreate all of what I have done here.