Bill Burr, of Washington, D.C., doesn't care much for a recent piece by Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie comparing Obama's economic policy to Jimmy Carter's. In a letter appearing in today's Washington Post, he opines,
Libertarians such as Mr. Welch and Mr. Gillespie may prefer a government that does nothing to reduce the terror of unemployment, but economic and humanitarian imperatives make stimulus packages and related public-sector action unavoidable.
Economic and humanitarian imperatives are heady things and we all ought to be concerned when we encounter them. But simply labeling your preferred policy an imperative doesn't make it so. Hundreds of economists, including Nobel laureates, signed a petition against the effectiveness--and thus economic imperative--of the stimulus plan. And it scales the heights of disingenuousness to label the plunging future generations into crushing debt as humanitarian intervention. We need to remember that what's important when judging policy is not motivating intentions but the manifested results.