February 23, 2009
Posted: 11:05 PM ET
The smartest thing I've heard anyone say about it came last fall when Sen. Harry Reid criticized President Bush's emergency "bailout" plan, saying: "No one knows what to do."
Since then, of course, Harry and virtually all Democrats inside the Beltway miraculously experienced a post-election epiphany. Now they know exactly and with certainty what to do to fix the economy - spend, spend, spend and spend.
They may be right. Perhaps we must spend like a drunken Democrat to blunt this recession and, as is evident from the pork-a-thon "stimulus" bill, it matters not how we spend it. Saving endangered mice, battling sexually transmitted diseases, remodeling unneeded schools, or building bullet trains no one knew they wanted, the point is to spend like Chicagoans vote - early and often.
My worry is that this unprecedented deficit spending is the bad-judgment equivalent to that 70-year-old woman in Connecticut who kept a 200-pound chimpanzee as a house pet.
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