Fareed Zakaria: Wouldn't John Maynard Keynes say that if you could employ people to dig a ditch and then fill it up again, that's fine, they're being productively employed, they'll pay taxes, so maybe the bigger - maybe Boston's big dig was just fine after all.
Paul Krugman: Think about World War 2. That was not - that was actually negative social product spending, and yet, it brought us out. I mean, probably because you want to put these things together, if we say, look, we could use some inflation. Ken and I are both saying that, which is, of course, anathema to a lot of people in Washington but is, in fact, what basic logic says. It's very hard to get inflation in a depressed economy. But if you had a program of government spending plus an expansionary policy by the Fed, you could get that. So, if you think about using all of these things together, you could accomplish a great deal. If we discovered that space aliens were planning to attack and we needed a massive buildup to counter the space alien threat and really inflation and budget deficits took secondary place to that, this slump would be over in 18 months. And then if we discovered, oops, we made a mistake, there aren't any aliens, we'd be a better –
Ken Rogoff: And we need Orson Welles, is what you're saying.
Paul Krugman: No, that's a – there was a "Twilight Zone" episode like this in which scientists fake an alien threat in order to achieve world peace. Well, this time, we don't need it - we need it in order to get some fiscal stimulus.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
A video from "Awakening As One" suggested a fake alien invasion for September/October of this year. I was amused to hear Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman suggest this same thing today on CNN.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Real ID Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-13, 119 Stat 392), throught the Department of Homeland Security, will require the federalization of State-issued driver's license by May 11. 2011.