I was trying to come up with a clever analogy to build on my post earlier this month faulting the President for focusing on enacting regulatory schemes rather than promoting econmic recovery, when I (via Glenn) chanced on Ben Stein’s recent op-ed in the New York Times.
Stein whose father was the late economist Herbert Stein, a graduate of America’s finest liberal arts college, believes “we should just concentrate on ending the recession and talk about the other plans later,” contending that the President’s efforts have been “too diffuse”:
When I think about the economy I think about a plump man who has just been hit by a truck while crossing a street and is in severely critical condition with internal bleeding. Instead of just stabilizing his hemorrhaging, the doctor decides that while the patient is unconscious, he might as well also do a face lift, some coronary bypasses and a stomach-stapling to keep him from gaining weight while he is recovering (if he does recover). After all, a crisis is not to be wasted.
The problem is that all these ambitious operations create too much of a burden for the human body to bear.
And let’s hope that should the President focus on the economy, he turn away from plans similar to those which prolonged the Great Depression and adopt instead plans which led to a near quarter-century of economic growth.
OF INTEREST: Ben Stein Republicans.