Getting the Knee Jerks Under Control

With the annoying confidence of the truly ignorant, television’s chattering heads now insist every night that Barack Obama and John McCain “tell us what they’re going to cut” from their spending programs. The droning chants for “cutting” reflects the traditional mentality of the national press corps, but it is hard to imagine anything less relevant or more stupid as we confront a deep recession. Fortunately the Nobel committee has just awarded the 2008 medal to Paul Krugman, so perhaps he will command the attention of these blowhards when he urges more rather than less federal spending (a view that has also been expressed by less eminent figures lately).

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Getting the Knee Jerks Under Control