A good illustration of power of selective measurement:
The headline (from Business in Vancouver):
Canadians spend more on taxes than they do on food, clothing and shelter combined, says Fraser Institute.
The report compares the total amount spent by the average family on taxes and other expenses from 1961 until 2013.
In 1961, the average Canadian family’s total tax bill was about 34% of net income, while necessities represented about 57%.
“Over the past five decades, the total tax bill grew much faster than the cost of basic necessities, so now taxes eat up more income than any other single family expense,” Lammam said.
It is worth noting, however, that the makeup of taxes paid by Canadians has likely changed considerably over the past five decades due to the introduction of a national health plan since 1961, the base year of the study.
[Thumbs up to Emma Crawford Hampel for adding that at the end.]
The statistical equivalent of this:
How to choose the beginning and end of what you measure to get the conclusion you want.