Monday, October 31, 2011

Bombs, Bridges and Jobs

Paul Krugman

A few years back Representative Barney Frank coined an apt phrase for many of his colleagues: weaponized Keynesians, defined as those who believe “that the government does not create jobs when it funds the building of bridges or important research or retrains workers, but when it builds airplanes that are never going to be used in combat, that is of course economic salvation.”

[...] In the same vein, I recently suggested that a fake threat of alien invasion, requiring vast anti-alien spending, might be just the thing to get the economy moving again.

Might work. Repugs do fake threats very, very well.

So I welcome the sudden upsurge in weaponized Keynesianism, which is revealing the reality behind our political debates. At a fundamental level, the opponents of any serious job-creation program know perfectly well that such a program would probably work, for the same reason that defense cuts would raise unemployment. But they don’t want voters to know what they know, because that would hurt their larger agenda — keeping regulation and taxes on the wealthy at bay.

Amen, er, praise the Lord and make more ammunition!

1 comment:

Fixer said...

Wanna make a lot of jobs? Have Barry give a 10 year ultimatum, a la JFK going to the Moon, that we will find a clean replacement for energy production that doesn't involve burning something.