Obama Administration Cancels Embarrassing Economic Metric


Since the early 1990’s the IRS has made available information on taxpayer migration. Using addresses on tax returns, and tax/income information, you can paint a picture of how people react to tax policy. Which is to say, this data showed how people tend to move themselves and their businesses away from higher tax areas.

That’s a useful tool for public policy analysis, but unfortunate the Obama administration is ending it:

“The IRS and the U.S. Census Bureau (which provides technical support in reporting tax migration data) have not made an official announcement as to why the program is being discontinued,” writes Jim Pettit for National Review. “So we are left to speculate why such vital economic statistics suddenly got canceled.”

As Glenn Reynolds notes, this is Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom come to life.

From the book:

“Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions–all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.

The solution for bad policy which doesn’t measure up, in Obama’s eyes, is apparently to destroy the measuring stick.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mikemc1970

    Information suppression and manipulation is a vital part of any tyrannical regime. Just ask Joseph Goebbels.

    • $8194357

      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually
      come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the
      State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or
      military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for
      the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is
      the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the
      greatest enemy of the State.”
      Joseph Goebbels

      Satan is the father of all lies.
      Jesus is the Truth the Way and the Life….
      Christianity will soon be under ‘full attack’..
      What we have seen creeping in will be “fast and furious” soon…

      Psalm 58:2-4
      New King James Version (NKJV)

      2 No, in heart you work wickedness;
      You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

      3 The wicked are estranged from the womb;
      They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
      4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent;

      Ezekiel 13:21-23
      New King James Version (NKJV)

      21 I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand,
      and they shall no longer be as prey in your hand.
      Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

      22 “Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad,
      whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life.

      23 Therefore
      you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination;
      for I will deliver My people out of your hand,
      and you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
      They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,

      John 8:43-45
      New King James Version (NKJV)

      43 Why do you not understand My speech?
      Because you are not able to listen to My word.

      44 You are of your father the devil,
      and the desires of your father you want to do.
      He was a murderer from the beginning,
      and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
      When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,
      for he is a liar and the father of it.
      45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

  • SigFan

    The most transparently dishonest and manipulative administration – ever!

  • Thresherman

    Come on! This is Obama showing that he is serious about cutting wasteful spending!

  • WOOF

    Raise your hand if you have ever heard mention
    of these “vital economic statistics”.

    • alanstorm

      What’s your point, slow boy?

      One piece of information to gauge the government’s performance was available, now it will not be. Do you “think” (the quotes are needed; I’ve read several of your comments) that this is the only piece? Or that this is an aberration?

      No, this is just the typical “open and transparent” Obama administration covering its tracks again.

    • Bat One

      The single most detailed and authoritative compilation of political information, Michael Barone’s annual Almanac, makes extensive use this IRS data. California, Illinois, and New York City, high tax rate Democrat strongholds all, are losing personal and business taxpayers like a leaking sieve. Which explains why the Obama regime wants to shut off the information.

  • GW Bush

    If Obama would die would anyone cry?

    • Neiman

      Yes – many even among his most ardent opponents.

      • willieB

        Well, let’s keep hoping for sickle cell and see where the chips fall.

        • Roy_Bean

          You guys are insane, if anything happens to Obama we would be left with Biden!! Think about that. It would be trading a community organizer for the village idiot.

          • Neiman

            True that!

          • banjo kid

            sort of in between a rock and a hard place with that one.

      • Neiman

        I wish him no ill will, I leave him and what he does against America to those people that ignorantly chose him twice, and above all to the will of God.

        • banjo kid

          The Good Lord removes those from power He deems . and places those in power we deserve. I hope that He will look at at least 5 who are worthy enough in the USA . It is coming a day when every knee will bow. Every nation will recognize He is the Lord of Lords and the King of kings.

          • Neiman

            Don’t forget, He is loathe to violate our freewill and He thus allows many in power by His Permissive Will, including a Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro or Obama.

            That coming day will only follow 3 1/2 years of a living hell on earth and then the Judgment.

        • Amana

          I actually think it great that he got elected so his stupid followers suffer like mad, 50% black unemployment, more black on white crime due to black roving mobs, desperate illegal aliens outside of CA, leaving, lol suck on it losers, you get what you voted for, I hope you all suffer historically

  • Snarkie

    He’s probably just going to do a virtual metric.

    You were happy when Bush had virtual border security.

    I think its similar.

    • Bat One

      I think its similar.

      Wrong verb!

  • banjo kid

    The people who voted for Obama will not care what happens as long as the checks keep coming they will be fine with it , when the checks stop is when they will wake up and start screaming bloody murder but it will be to late then . They will either remove him bodily or except their place on the slave ladder .

  • Amana

    Obama is a communist, what else would you expect, He is corrupt and has committed something like 20 impeachable offenses, the reason the 2014 election will like the 2008 and 2012 election will involve massive voter fraud is because if the Rs take control of the Senate he will be impeached and have a cell mate next to a guy named Bubba