Scott Douglas’ Terse Bloviation

David Brooks Gross Oversimplification Watch #3

From column of 1/16/09:

For years, Republicans have been trying to create a large investor class with policies like private Social Security accounts, medical savings accounts and education vouchers. These policies were based on the belief that investors are careful, rational actors who make optimal decisions. There was little allowance made for the frailty of the decision-making process, let alone the mass delusions that led to the current crack-up.

Democrats also have an unfaced crisis. Democratic discussions of the stimulus package also rest on a mechanical, dehumanized view of the economy. You pump in a certain amount of money and “the economy” spits out a certain number of jobs. Democratic economists issue highly specific accounts of multiplier effects — whether a dollar of spending creates $1.20 or $1.40 of economic activity.

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  1. duncan January 18th, 2009 8:56 pm

    Were Mr. Brooks aware of your shenanigans, he’d call you a Bobo in minus 44-degree paradise and then write a book about you, crafting the following portmanteau: bobus. The book would be called The Bobus in Molonkus: How One Cold Bobo Overcomplicated the World.

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