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So, let's assume you've got a problem with your car - maybe it's not as zippy as it once was, maybe the engine sputters now and then. So you go to your pet groomer and while Fluffy's getting her fur did, you ask him what's going on with your car. So your pet groomer suggests maybe you've got too much junk in the trunk. Hey, that could be it! So you go home and you take out the recycling bin and the box of Fluffy's toys and eighteen soccer balls and a hamburger from last summer and the box of emergency stuff that you never use anyhow. Still, your car's a little sluggish. Then you're on the highway and suddenly your engine just stops out of nowhere! Who could have anticipated that, right? You pull over to the side of the road and you go to set out your emergency triangle but it was in the box of stuff that the pet groomer told you to take out of the trunk. You sigh and you dial up AAA and then you get back in your car and while you're sitting there waiting for the tow truck, WHAM some stupid kid drives up behind you and crushes your bumper. By the time your car gets to the garage, you've got a fucked engine and a crushed bumper and a serious mad on, and you're shouting at the mechanic because obviously it's his fault that you asked your pet groomer about what to do with your car and it didn't work. And then you refuse to pay the mechanic, because he should have warned you not to take that advice, and you write a letter to the local newspaper saying that mechanics are bullshit scam artists who don't know anything, not even how to predict when one of their customers is going to do something stupid with their car.

And this is what I imagine every single day working as an economist, when economic policies are set by politicians who know as much about economics as pet groomers know about car engines, would be like.
tisiphone: (Default)
So, let's assume you've got a problem with your car - maybe it's not as zippy as it once was, maybe the engine sputters now and then. So you go to your pet groomer and while Fluffy's getting her fur did, you ask him what's going on with your car. So your pet groomer suggests maybe you've got too much junk in the trunk. Hey, that could be it! So you go home and you take out the recycling bin and the box of Fluffy's toys and eighteen soccer balls and a hamburger from last summer and the box of emergency stuff that you never use anyhow. Still, your car's a little sluggish. Then you're on the highway and suddenly your engine just stops out of nowhere! Who could have anticipated that, right? You pull over to the side of the road and you go to set out your emergency triangle but it was in the box of stuff that the pet groomer told you to take out of the trunk. You sigh and you dial up AAA and then you get back in your car and while you're sitting there waiting for the tow truck, WHAM some stupid kid drives up behind you and crushes your bumper. By the time your car gets to the garage, you've got a fucked engine and a crushed bumper and a serious mad on, and you're shouting at the mechanic because obviously it's his fault that you asked your pet groomer about what to do with your car and it didn't work. And then you refuse to pay the mechanic, because he should have warned you not to take that advice, and you write a letter to the local newspaper saying that mechanics are bullshit scam artists who don't know anything, not even how to predict when one of their customers is going to do something stupid with their car.

And this is what I imagine every single day working as an economist, when economic policies are set by politicians who know as much about economics as pet groomers know about car engines, would be like.
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Three out of three economists agree: we're in the shit. So why is this not being dealt with? That's easy enough. Leaving economic policy in the hands of a politician is like giving crack-laced candy and a bazooka to a five year old. They can't handle it, they don't know what to do with it, but they're so hyped up with an IDEA!!! that they destroy a lot of shit anyhow.
tisiphone: (Default)
Three out of three economists agree: we're in the shit. So why is this not being dealt with? That's easy enough. Leaving economic policy in the hands of a politician is like giving crack-laced candy and a bazooka to a five year old. They can't handle it, they don't know what to do with it, but they're so hyped up with an IDEA!!! that they destroy a lot of shit anyhow.

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