The insanity of liberal economists

Linsanity is (was) the Jeremy Lin phenomenon.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Argument from ignorance asserts a proposition is true because it has not yet been proven false.

This makes Paul Krugman and Robert Reich, AKA Paul Rugrat and Robert Tyke insane. And ignorant.

Jeremy Lin is merely on the Knicks injured reserve, but he could be back for game five versus the Heat. Were he to suffer a brain injury instead of a knee injury, he might want to consider a future as a liberal economist. But I digress…

Both Krugman and Reich offer the same “economic” shtick over and over again: Borrow more money. Spend more money. Print more money. Repeat ad infinitum until the next national-level collapse and/or revolution.

From the Rugrat:

Critics [like Krugman himself] warned from the beginning that austerity in the face of depression would only make that depression worse.


…the failure of austerity policies to deliver as promised has long been obvious. Yet European leaders spent years in denial, insisting that their policies would start working any day now, and celebrating supposed triumphs on the flimsiest of evidence.

The failure of austerity policies in the above context means this: to try and approach living within a nation’s means. Snip.

…serious analysts now argue that fiscal austerity in a depressed economy is probably self-defeating: by shrinking the economy and hurting long-term revenue, austerity probably makes the debt outlook worse rather than better.

Yes, the Rugrat considers himself a serious analyst. And perhaps because no one has come up with a model to disprove him, regardless of the self-evident non-austerity fail, he considers his hypothesis to be true. And Reich is cut from the same dwarfish cloth.

Here’s Reich, who is at least more succinct (if no less insane):

Blame it [that is, the epic European economic fail, sans Germany] on austerity economics – the bizarre view that economic slowdowns result from excessive debt, so government should cut spending.

Naturally, the Europe to America implication is this: bad things will happen to the United States should we practice “austerity.”

Yet only a liberal economist (or two) could think the U.S. Government adding over $6.2 trillion to the national debt in the last four fiscal years is somehow approaching the aforementioned and dangerous austerian approach.

That’s because we all know that deficit government spending somehow magically creates a multiplier effect of something greater than 1.0. Except when it doesn’t. Like for at least the last four years.

And such borrowing becomes problematic if the money isn’t paid back, or if it is, if it’s paid back at less than full value, either due to financial haircuts or inflation.

As to the serious analysts tag the Nobel Prize winning Krugman credits himself with, I must defer to polymath Nassim Nicholas Taleb of The Black Swan fame. Taleb refers to the aforementioned Nobel Prize in economics as “absurd” “pseudo-science” which is “reminiscent of medieval medicine.” And he’s got more, far more, but here’s a good representative chunk:

…economic models, it has been shown, work hardly better than random guesses or the intuition of cab drivers…

Other than that, liberal economists should be inherently trusted, honored, and deferred to. At least as much as random guesses and cab drivers.


About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on May 6, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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