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Jan 03, 2013


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I'm pretty sure most people outside that particular side of the House chamber think it's important to care about people we've never met.

Andrew Brod

I think it's only fair to note that as an abstract matter, it's not crazy to respond to a crisis by saying, hey, we need to cut back in other areas. We might do that with our families. The problem is that the federal government is not like a family when it comes to fiscal policy. When the economy is depressed, there's actually some stimulative value in providing disaster relief.

(I wouldn't necessarily say that in a normal economy. I saw things differently in 1999 when Hurricane Floyd hit North Carolina near the peak of the business cycle.)

But the thing about using families as the model for federal policy is this: If a family got hit with a disaster and it had no choice but to borrow money to deal with the expenses, it'd borrow. Dealing with the disaster would be too important not to borrow. Economics aside, it was stunning to watch the political tone-deafness of House Republicans on this issue.


Tone deaf on pork in a relief bill indeed.

Andrew Brod

Tone-deaf... and hypocritical to boot.

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