The DeLong Hall of Honor

13 January 2009 at 12:05 pm 4 comments

| Peter Klein |

Brad DeLong continues to be one of the stupidest smart people around. When the House failed to pass the $700 billion bailout the first time back in September, and the stock market fell by $1.3 trillion, Brad estimated the true cost of the bailout at $100 billion (ha!), added $2 trillion in lost wages from its failure to pass, and accused House Republicans of having a required benefit-cost ratio of 30-to-1. Of course, the bailout bill passed a week later, and the stock market fell by another $1.2 trillion. Oops! In general, there’s no economic policy issue that Brad can’t spin into a childlike morality play pitting noble, enlightened Democrats against vile, stupid Republicans.

His latest post in this vein, characterizes all economists who publicly oppose Obama’s proposed stimulus plan “ethics-free Republican hacks.” Most of the individuals quoted aren’t actually Republicans, but never mind. You Go, Girl! When I saw that my colleague Mike Sykuta made the list, I was jealous, and upset that I hadn’t written anything specifically opposing the stimulus. So, Brad, I want you to know that I reject the stimulus plan, and the sophomoric Keynesian reasoning behind it, lock, stock, and barrel. Will you please include me in your next Hall of Shame? (BTW I am not now, and have never been, a Republican.)

Update: See also Boudreaux and Horwitz and their commentators.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. simone  |  13 January 2009 at 9:38 pm

    DeLong’s statements reflect the fact that he is intolerant of those who disagree with him. A sad situation for a professor.

  • 2. david  |  13 January 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I thought the $1.2 trillion thing was amusing, as it was so transparently silly. I doubt he believes such claptrap

  • 3. art pepper  |  14 January 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Perhaps. But the problem is that, judging by his comments (or at least those that he does not delete) most of his readers do believe such claptrap.

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