Where's Naomi Klein When You Need Her?

What is it, something like 17% of the "stimulus" package targeted for big-ed spending? Makes perfect sense to me, I'm sure an industry dominated by unions and mostly removed from the private sector has been among the hardest hit.* And certainly the teachers' union is going to make room for all those now unemployed blue collar workers to join their ranks, no? I'm failing to see where this massive chunk of the massive "stimulus" package is actually going to do much to stimulate the economy in the short term (remember, we have to act now), even on Keynesian terms.

From Cato:

Like the PATRIOT Act, it’s a preexisting wishlist of initiatives being rammed through in an atmosphere of hysteria. Where the Obama administration has, to its credit, backed away from the language of war and crisis when it comes to international affairs and homeland security, the Obama team seems all too willing to revert to Bush-style fearmongering in the service of greater state involvement in the economy.

From Patri:

I would rather see money go to schools than bombs, but this is still a huge waste. I am no expert on education, but I have read enough to know that blindly throwing money at it is not the answer. Per pupil spending in the us has increased steadily and dramtically for decades with *no* increase in performance. Many countries that spend less do better. More money for schools makes a nice sound bite, but it is pork. It is a triumph of soft hearts over hard heads.

Don't forget the ratchet effect either. Govt agencies love to expand and they fight tooth and nail against cuts. What happens when the economy recovers in a couple years? We will have a permanently doubled education budget, with little to no increase in performance.

The us will run huge deficits and/or raise taxes, and it will be bad bad bad for our currency, economy, international competitiveness and country in the medium term.

I'm also positive this has nothing to do with the teachers unions that man phone banks for Democratic candidates. Massive kickbacks to your core constituents? Change!

*Yes, I know that public ed tied its fate to property taxes and some schools are facing tighter budgets, but tighter budgets are found everyhwere around the country right and most folks aren't a part of a union that negotiates exclusively with the state.

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Who needs Klein when we have Krugman?

Aren't you glad that the Swedes gave Krugman a Nobel prize just in time for him to champion the stimulus and to defend it against the dishonest flacks who oppose it?

Krugman has taught me much. Most importantly, he has single-handedly led me to seriously question my long-held belief about the benefit of knowing economics.

Crossing the line here

I'm also positive this has nothing to do with the teachers unions that man phone banks for Democratic candidates.

HEY HEY HEY, watch your mouth. I don't want to read that kind of language; what kind of right-wing retrograde wingnut blog is this, anyway?

They staff the phone banks, thank you very much.

Staff

So now it is crypto-sexist, as "staff" is a none-too-subtle phallic reference.

Speaking for himself

...."staff" is a none-too-subtle phallic reference.

It is? Wow.

You know, I've been impressed with Constant in the past. More so now.

Call it the Reversed-Say Law...

"Per pupil spending in the us has increased steadily and dramtically for decades with *no* increase in performance."

Same with any government program, really. That's the corollary to Bitur-Camember and Hauser Laws: Waste in any project increases to absorb all the unearned money thrown at it.

Subsidy creates its own

Subsidy creates its own waste :)

Deja Vu

This same exact thing happened during the Great Depression. While people were on line at the soup kitchen the union members were siphoning funds directly from the government. They were able to buy goods at depressed prices on what were subsidized salaries.

Breaks my heart

So if you are smart you will organize a union shop at your place before your job goes to China. You say it already did? Breaks my heart.