Monday, January 26, 2009

Write me off?

Today, the New York Times' Paul Krugman lobbed a grenade full of stupid in favor of Obama's "stimulus package."

Next, write off anyone who asserts that it's always better to cut taxes than to increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their money.

Here's how to think about this argument: it implies that we should shut down the air traffic control system. After all, that system is paid for with fees on air tickets — and surely it would be better to let the flying public keep its money rather than hand it over to government bureaucrats. If that would mean lots of midair collisions, hey, stuff happens.

The point is that nobody really believes that a dollar of tax cuts is always better than a dollar of public spending.

Ok, here's a quiz. Please tell me, in 20 words or less, the difference between a customer willingly paying an extra fee for safety, and a government taking a person's money to spend as it sees fit. You have 60 seconds.


Dennis said...

isn't that the difference between conservatives and liberals? liberals think that they can spend the money BETTER than the people who earned it.

Dennis said...

woopsy - that was me (krista) not dennis. i am on his computer and i guess i'm signed in as him. ;)

Dennis said...

will the real dennis please stand up?

check this out:

it's me again (krista)

Megs said...

Um, I think the customer doesn't willingly pay that fee. It is part of the whole package deal. You can't choose NOT to pay the fees for air traffic control and take your chances on the pilots avoiding each other in midair. But I bet if the public WERE given the choice, Democrats would pay, and Republicans wouldn't.

Josh M. said...

You can choose whether to buy the ticket or not. That's the choice. The company presents you with a price, and if you disagree with the fees involved, you can shake your head and put away your wallet.

The government does not give you a choice.

And sure, Democrats would pay - but only if they could use other people's money.