Bizarrely, suddenly everyone is interested in economics, but most academic economists are ill-equipped to address these issues. Recently a group of economists affiliated with the Cato Institute ran an ad in the New York Times opposing the Obama's stimulus plan. As chair of my department I tried to arrange a public debate between one of the signatories and a proponent of fiscal stimulus -- thinking that would be a timely and lively session. But the signatory, a fully accredited university macroeconomist, declined the opportunity for public defense of his position on the grounds that "all I know on this issue I got from Greg Mankiw's blog -- I really am not equipped to debate this with anyone"...Try to remember boys and Non-Perkins:
[ cf Gregory Clark Is Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of California at Davis ]
In a Time Of Holy Crusade!Alhough, I am more than sure that if the Cato Institute were willing to argue that they had personally accepted Invader Zim as their Personal Lord And Savior, that the appeal to
The Dog Ate someone else's blog!
Is not an excuse to let one off the hook
for having no viable reasons to defend one's positions!
What would Gir Do?would at least seem reaonsable as a basis for opposing the unbelievers who failed to continue the economic policies of the last 8 years....