Potemkin Stimulus: One Way to Offset Austerity

May 30th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Some comedians won’t use a joke that’s too easy–they just don’t like jumping over such a low bar.  Lucky for you, I don’t have such scruples.

Not that this is even funny, except in the laugh-to-keep-from-crying sense.

…the town of Enniskillen, in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is sprucing up for some very special guests: President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, to name just three. In a little over two weeks they and other leaders will gather for a G8 summit at a golf resort in Enniskillen. And as the date approaches the cleanup is moving into high gear. It includes new coats of paint on houses, tidying up lawns, and putting up fake storefronts on shuttered businesses. [my bold]

We wouldn’t want economic officials to see the real impacts of their policies, so let’s create some fake prosperity.  I guess they had to hire people to build the Potemkin storefronts, so there’s some stimulus buried in there somewhere.  But somewhere Keynes is crying and Marx is laughing–that would be Karl and Groucho.


Source: PRI


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3 comments in reply to "Potemkin Stimulus: One Way to Offset Austerity"

  1. Dave says:

    That is disgusting.

    I vote that all future G8 meetings must be held at real soup kitchens.

    But that would make being president no fun at all.

  2. David C says:

    “Karl and Groucho” — I love it!