“Stimulus For Skeptics” by David Brooks (TIMES, 9/9/11)


     It has to be asked: What is the actual motivation for the skepticism (some would say defeatism) of David Brooks?

     His latest lament is that the United States is suffering a “banking-crisis recession,” which last longer than “normal recessions,”  and that means we are “stuck with a lousy economy.”

     But Brooks is only engaging in his usual specious reasoning.  A massive federal jobs program could halt this downturn we are suffering.  We are not stuck with a lousy economy but with a lousy economist, alleged “moderate conservative” David Brooks.

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