Common Sense

The Liberals Were Right: Spending Works! (April Fool's!)

Sometimes when you keep digging a hole, it's a good idea to just put down the shovel.

How many times have I told politicians to do that? I'm pretty good at lecturing them, aren't I?

It's time I take my own advice. Because judging by the surging markets and increasingly improving economic stats... I was wrong. I was plain, old wrong.

Wrong about stimulus that wouldn't stimulate — when it has.

Wrong about targeted spending that wouldn't target anything productive — when it clearly is.

I thought only tax cuts could do that. I was wrong.

I thought infrastructure projects were a big waste. Turns out they're a big success: people building, people are moving and investors are buying.

A great month just ended — an encouraging one just started.

I guess I could cling to the view this is just a bear market rally and hope the data proves me right. But the data is not proving me right. Because my position against spending is wrong. And my position against a bigger government is wrong too.

I feared what I could not see: Bigger government sometimes is better government. And I'm a better man now for admitting it. Because I'd be a bitter man for denying it.

So I was wrong. And yes, a lot of liberals were right. Spending works and I was a fool to think otherwise.

Which reminds me: Happy April fool's.

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