We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There’s nothing like a crisis to play on the public’s insecurity and expand the reach of government. There’s nothing like a serious financial crisis to get economists of all persuasions on board.
Opportunity in Crisis
“In this crisis lies an opportunity to create the jobs that America needs, doing the work that America needs,” said Larry Summers, Obama’s top economic adviser, at a press conference yesterday.
The best intentions face a stark reality: There may be more money than opportunities.
It’s one thing to spend money to improve and update crumbling infrastructure. It’s quite another to find projects on short notice. There’s a limit to how fast even our profligate politicians can get money out the door.
What is defined as a "crisis" is quite subjective, if not entirely trumped up and manipulated for political purposes. The "opportunity in crisis" is, indeed, to expand the reach and control of government, whether it's war, recession - or manufactured crises like "health care." That's been the Statist tactic since FDR, and I resent it.
"...the jobs that America needs, doing the work that America needs..."
"Needs", I doubt. We certainly don't want any of it, or we'd have bought one already.
But, that's Larry Summers from Harvard, right? As in "you can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much".
Tellya what, Larry. How about you spend my money on what you want, and I'll spend yours on what I want. I think Larry's money will buy me a nice big place on a lake in Maine, a whole lot of tin cans, and a whole lot of .22LR. And once I get it, I'll leave everybody the hell alone, which is a lot more than we can hope for from Larry Summers.