Tuesday, November 15, 2005

GIGO

Every time I hear the mantra “The Democrats looked at the same intelligence we did” from the administration, I’m reminded of the computer term GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. In other words, if you put the wrong numbers in the spreadsheet to make the budget balance, you’ll get the answer you want even if it has no connection with reality.

The problem with GIGO is that while the computer spreadsheet may not know what the right numbers are, the people who input the data do, and so do those who read the results. At some point you’re going to get audited.