Those statistics are lies. On just about every stat of that sort where the government makes them up, add about 5 points. remember when they were telling you unemployed were about 8%? Well the reall unemployed was about 15%. Recently, that is a few years back, unemployment was about 24%. Yest the statistics said it was only 12, and they way they did the stats, the 12% was correct--however, they only counted people who were going to the official employment agencies and those applying or unemployment compensation. It didn't matter to the bean counters that at least another 12% quit looking for work thru the employment agencies. The same with the supposed cost of living. Reegoon changed the statistical nature of how inflation was calculated. He took out lots of necessities claiming they were unnecessary. Well, give him his due, any man whose buttbuddies would give him 1000$ pair of cowgirl boots (just for a little favor, of course and that 1000$ would translate into about 15000$ in today's $$), must be right, no?
In short, I don't trust anything my government claims, they too often are in the pocket of corporations theat have too much to lose.