Dr. Edgeworth Boks wants to be the next Paul Krugman. He is not as good an economist as Krugman, but has an excellent shot at being just as bad a columnist. Edgie knows a great deal about asymmetric subgame perfect equilibria of 37-person pig-in-a-poke games. He does not, however, know the name of his congressman. Or the Vice President. He has decided to support the Democratic party in the upcoming elections in the vague hope that it will make him feel more like his idol. He offered 2 other reasons for his newfound political passion. He is a professor on a college campus. The overwhelming majority of his colleagues are Democrats. With the intellectual courage that typifies academic economists far and wide, he has decided to believe whichever set of ideas will boost his career. Also, he likes Jane Fonda.
Thus, Edgie wants me, his research assistant, to take the other side. He has visions of turning this site into a grand "Crossfire" blog, replete with false indignation and partisan hypocracies. The most onerous tasks on the planet fall to graduate students. This one is no exception:
He has asked me to defend the Bush adminsitration's economic policies.
Impossible. Can't be done. Fortunately, Dr. Boks is too lazy to read this blog, so I am free to write whatever I choose. Today, for example, I will comment on the state of the second floor restroom in the economics building. It seems the light bulb burned out week ago and has not been replaced. Undeterred, economics professors have been strolling into the bathroom, day after day.
And pissing in the dark.
(Now there's a metaphor for you).