But why not have a few laughs along the route to utterly predictable ruin?
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is on TV explaining the (at this point the congregation shall fall to its knees and prostrate itself) "stimulus." "How," asks the lady from CBS, "does $335 million in STD [Sexually Transmitted Disease] prevention stimulate the economy?"
"I'll tell you how," says Speaker Pelosi. "I'm a big believer in prevention. And we have, er… there is a part of the bill on the House side that is about prevention. It's about it being less expensive to the states to do these measures."
Makes a lot of sense. If we have more STD prevention, it will be safer for loose women to go into bars and pick up feckless men, thus stimulating the critical beer and nuts and jukebox industries. To do this, we need trillion-dollar deficits, which our children and grandchildren will have to pay off, but, with sufficient investment in prevention measures, there won't be any children or grandchildren, so there's that problem solved.
And in an illuminating piece in National Review, Jonah Goldberg traces the dissolution of merry old England: “Meanwhile, a new study has found that in much of England, 60 percent to 70 percent of economic output comes directly from the government.”
Goldberg confesses to getting a twinge up his leg when stimulants are mention but cautions: “… the prospect of borrowing money we don’t have to buy what we don’t need, in order to make America more like what I don’t want, makes me grateful that at least America’s conservative party has finally remembered how to say ‘no.’”