Climate change would be a good thing...

...if it could change this headline:

The New York stigma: worst business climate in the country

....At a time when Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to remedy its fiscal woes and unemployment has hovered around 9 percent, businesses said the state's tax climate is decidedly anti-business and is hindering its economic recovery.

The state consistently ranks among the costliest states in terms of corporate taxes, property taxes and the personal income tax....

If you go down to the comments (at least as of this moment—it seems that comments tend to mysteriously disappear from Journal articles), you'll find a commenter who's clearly riled by what he(?) perceives to be a conservative slant to the data cited in the article.  Well, at Assemblywoman Lifton's town meetings last week, any mention of the unfriendly business climate in NYS was greeted with handouts based on information from the Fiscal Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of all New Yorkers." The "nonpartisan" part is a wee bit disingenuous—but never mind.  

The point is that when it comes to data, what we've got is...

...dueling data—and neither side seems to be impressed with the other's "facts."

It's much bigger than competing data sets, though.  There's a huge ideological chasm here: Barbara Lifton and her fellow travelers see the world through a Marxist prism, the oppressor against the oppressed, believing that fairness can only be realized through the satisfaction of individual wants as a consequence of a government redistribution of property.  In other words, equal results.

Conservatives, like us bitter clingers here at Redneck Mansion, passionately believe that fairness is best ensured by adherence to the rule of law, with all that that entails. In other words, equal treatment.

It's a divide that's been around, well, probably as long as people have been around. Ideological divides contributed to a federal form of government at the nation's founding.  In a country that's a lot more "national" and a lot less "federal" than it used to be, these battles are going to be fought (am I still allowed to use such a martial metaphor?) within the states.

Keep your powder dry.