Paul Krugman’s Solution for Growth: Aliens

No, really. He uses as an example a pending alien invasion, and all of the government spending that would be needed to counter the threat. The kicker: If the threat doesn’t materialize, all of the wasted money on the alien invasion will somehow be good for the economy. So Bush’s borrowing to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused the mess, but a fake military buildup will get us out?

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

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