There's nothing new about fooling around with the numbers. Joseph Stalin, the Bolshevik dictator who put the capital "T" in totalitarian, knew 100 years ago that information was power. From borscht to ballistic missiles, Stalin manipulated the Soviet Union's statistics on everything. It should be no surprise, therefore, that President Trump -- whose own relationship with the truth also is only coincidental -- would try to play the same game in 2019.
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