Mike the Mad Biologist

Lions, Tigers, and…Tax Cut Snark? Oh My.

Economist Brad DeLong criticizes an economics reporter from ProPublica who claims “his job is looking for ‘gotcha’ stories about stimulus money going for ‘lion cages at the National Zoo.’” In DeLong’s comments, I asked:

What’s wrong with lion cages at the National Zoo? I like the National Zoo, and someone would be employed by this. Seriously, I don’t get it.

(That’s not the snark, but it really does make you realize how stupid that reporter is. If you don’t believe that a stimulus was necessary, well, you’re an idiot, but, regardless, once you do have a stimulus, what’s wrong with using it to fix up our zoos–and museums, and parks too? It beats digging up holes and filling them up again, or the slightly more productive activity of building ridiculous amounts of weapons that, in the best case, we never use. Unfortunately, once we do build them, there seems to be the temptation to use them which creates additional problems…).

Anyway, a commenter brings the snark:

If you give the lions cages, they lose all incentive to build the cages themselves. It’s just another form of welfare and in the long run you end up with a bunch of lazy lions… Would be far better to cut their taxes.

Heh.

Comments

  1. #1 Comrade PhysioProf
    September 13, 2009

    Even the Dems who passed the motherfucking stimulus bill saw fit to put in ridiculous shit like, “No stimulus money shall be spent on public swimming pools.” Yeah, because the people who build swimming pools suck ass, and anyone who doesn’t own their own swimming pool should just suck gutter dust. We live in a motherfucking banana republic, where a vanishingly small number of US citizens own the overwhelmingly vast majority of wealth and live in luxury, while they begrudge everyone else even the most minor and mundane comforts.

  2. #2 JohnV
    September 15, 2009

    I really enjoyed it whenever I came across reactionary bleating about all the “pork” in the stimulus bill. A great amount of it (bleating) courtesy of the comments section at the syracuse post-standard website.

    However, my appreciation of the stimulus recently plummeted as I drove through no less than 6 construction zones on I-81 in PA attributing their existence to it :p

  3. #3 Minty
    September 16, 2009

    Wow, no less than 6 in PA? That’s kinda low. I guess the economy really is bad!

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