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Saturday, February 14, 2009
The Economy

Yeah, it’s shit right now. It’s everyone’s fault.*

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know enough about economics to know what we should be doing. In fact, I’ve written a post about that before. Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you really don’t either.

I’m not going to comment one way or the other on the stimulus package and whether or not it will work. As I’ve just said, I don’t know. Lots of very smart people, with much more experience in economics, also don’t know. Or, they think they do, but there are people just as smart and experienced who disagree with them. If the top economic minds can’t agree on what it will do, or what the government should be doing, what the fuck do you and I know about?

You’re free to express your opinion, obviously, but please stop making posts where you are 100% certain the stimulus will fail and we just need more tax cuts. Tax cuts don’t help people who are unemployed, though no fault of their own. Also, please don’t tell me you’re absolutely sure it will work, either. No one knows.

In short, if you’re trying to talk about what the government should be doing about the financial crisis, don’t pretend like you know what the fuck you’re talking about. Thank you.

*The government (both sides of the aisle), the banks, people who bought houses they couldn’t afford. I don’t mean you, individually.

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Comment by StudioGlyphic
2009-02-14 14:52:57

I agree. I’m pretty ambivalent about this whole thing. It seems like something should be done, but what that something is, I have no idea. Just going to wait, see, hope it won’t be more than two years before we get to something that resembles normal.

Comment by Zeem
2009-02-14 14:56:49

So if we aren’t sure what works, we should err on the side of spending a crapload of money we don’t actually have?

Comment by Luckbox
2009-02-14 17:39:44

I don’t know if it will work either. I tend to think it won’t have the intended effect, but I don’t know.

What I do know is that it’s unconscionable that our Congress passed the largest spending bill in the history of the world without reading it. A bill of 1100 pages printed at 11pm one night was passed in the house before 4pm the next day.

I’m not sure how anyone can defend that.

Comment by alan
2009-02-14 17:56:04

No, that’s indefensible. Par for the course for our government though, no matter who is in control.

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