Rewarding Down-Statistics

by Ken on September 16, 2011

There is a simple datum that I have grown to believe and have observed:

“You reward a down-statistic – and you get a down-statistic”.


This is so basic that nearly all humans alive have a basic understanding of this rule. We don’t reward a dog for messing up the floor – we don’t praise junior for his “D” report card. We know that if we intend an up-stat (things to be getting better) then we should coax it. We reward it.

Food stamps are a reward for loosing.

Here are two interesting stats – the first is from the U.S. government USDA – the other is receipt from a small grocer in Anytown, USA.

As of June this year over 45 million individuals are getting food stamps.

receiptNote the Lobster and Potterhouse Steaks. Wonder who is paying for this?

You think by rewarding these folks for not making it we will coax them to make it? Reward a down-stat and you get a down-stat. How many non productive and down-stat people and situations are we rewarding in this country?

Oh РI work from 8 to 14 hours per day hustling for work and then getting it done РI had baked chicken and grean beans last night. How about you?

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Bryan Risley September 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

It’d be interesting to see a percentage based graph. Raw population growth graphs look quite similar to that in terms of slope.

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