In his description of how the Democrats decided on the “stimulus,” Rand Simberg helps illustrate a problem I’ve discussed in previous posts. Borrowing from the President’s metaphor of picking up a mop to clean up the mess (which he repeatedly reminds us) he “inherited,” that astute blogger and recovering aerospace engineer offers:
But Barack and Nancy (and Harry) don’t seem to know much about floor cleaning. They seem better at exacerbating messes than cleaning them up. When the president took power in January, his very first act was not to grab an effective cleaning solution. Instead, he pulled an old one off the shelves that the Democrats had been wanting to use for years, even though it has always proven ineffective against the type of mess that we were in (the mess having been caused by it in the first place). In too much of a rush to read the label on the bottle (generously assuming that the label was accurate), they dumped the whole thing into the bucket without diluting it. Then, in their rush to use it, they tripped over the bucket and spilled it all over.