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Trolling for Experts

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

This is good stuff:

Attention Economists: Are You A Stimulus Spending Skeptic?

A recent Associated Press article quoted transition officials for President-elect Obama as saying “[o]nly one outside economist” contacted by the President-elect’s advisors had “voiced skepticism” about the President-elect’s emerging plans for an economic “stimulus” spending bill with a price tag as large as $1 trillion, with the vast majority of that number going to new spending on government programs and projects.

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is compiling a list of credentialed American economists who would like to add their voices to the list of stimulus spending skeptics. If you are an economist who would like to be added to this list, you can join the list here and provide your comments.

Now, there’s a┬ácouple of levels to this. On the one hand, it’s a pretty clear signal that House Republicans are going to oppose an economic stimulus package when it comes up in January or February. Now whether that’s because they think the economy is dandy and doesn’t need stimulus, because they’ve decided to go full blown neo-Hooverite, or because they just want the economy to flatline I’ll let you decide, but there’s the tip off nonetheless.

On the other hand, it’s sort of nice to see Boehner put the conservative formulation right out there for everyone to see. On the right, the arguments and the “evidence” flow from the conclusion. Instead of processing evidence, theories, arguments etc. and then forming a conclusion based on data, the right works in reverse; they decide what they believe (and believe is the very best word for it), and then they work backwards in their argument, looking for ways to validate their positions. Which explains why so much of their belief system is built on completely inaccurate points of fact; without them the house of cards couldn’t stand.

Not that it would change the believers anyway.