Thursday, September 25, 2008

Why Take Tylenol When You Can Get A Heart Transplant?

Arnold Kling:

I found this story too depressing to finish. It says that we have a bipartisan agreement on a bailout, and I read only as far as the proud quotes from Chris Dodd and Barney Frank.

The unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, about average for the last 30 years. What adversity there is in the real economy is due more to oil prices than to credit market developments. Acting historic emergency legislation now is like doing a heart transplant on a patient with a head cold or calling out the National Guard to stop a food fight in the school cafeteria.

The Case Against the Bailout seems compelling, or at least worth discussing. The case for it is a vague threat issued by the nation's leaders that awful things are in store if this is not done. Awful things are in store, all right. Because of what is about to be done.

For me, this is like watching an announcement that in order to restore order Washington is being taken over by a military coup. I find it that chilling.

I completely agree.


thinking said...

Arnold Kling sounds like the capt of the Titanic telling people that what they just hit was a little cube of ice.

The unemployment rate is 6.1%, but climbing. It's likely to head higher.

As for his assertion that the problems in the credit markets are no big deal, I'd say that is not even a credible statement.

Now sure govt needs to take action smartly, and can mess things up more. But Kling sounds like Herbert Hoover.

Brian Hollar said...

I'd say the more apt analogy is the government is the captain of the Titanic, they just sank it, and now they want the keys to the QE II.