Jewish World Review Oct 3, 2011 / 6 Tishrei, 5772
Pot Calls Kettle Risky, Or: The Wit and Wisdom of T. Geithner
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand."
The succession of American secretaries of the Treasury from
Just the other day, Mr. Geithner was solemnly lecturing European policymakers on the dangers of not getting their financial house in order. That's right: The American secretary of the Treasury was telling other governments to beware of out-of-control spending. Much like Mme. de Pompadour praising the advantages of chastity. What a show.
If other governments didn't change their spendthrift ways, Mr. Geithner warned at a conclave of the
Do you think the man ever looks in the mirror? And if he does, do you think he is capable of recognizing himself? Or realizing that, when he warns
What next, will
Will our president warn other nations against investing billions in economic stimuluses that don't stimulate the economy? Or at least not as much as We the People were solemnly assured all that spending would.
Remember how the president's earlier,
Does anybody believe that -- except maybe those still living in some Keynesian fantasy? But never fear, if this latest shot in the economy doesn't do it, the next one will. And that's just what some economist infected with Krugmanitis will surely recommend when this stimulus doesn't much stimulate, either.
Inflationists have a simple, uniform answer to every problem with their economic theories: Just spend more. They seem blissfully unaware that that's how we got in this mess in the first place. A poor memory isn't required to be a member of the Keynesian club in good standing, but it definitely helps.
What's next? Will the president now caution other governments against guaranteeing
The story of Solyndra' won't be complete until the Feds, in a final touch, put up one of those big signs they love in front of its closed doors: This Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
These are the same people who now lecture their counterparts abroad on the need for fiscal prudence. As if they woud know it when they saw it, let alone practiced it.
"By a continuing process of inflation, goverment can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens."
--John Maynard Keynes, an economist who made a lot more sense than many Keynesians
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