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.