He went on to discuss the disadvantages of what Obama opponents see as key fixes, namely, reductions in government spending. “Spending cuts are not productive,” he argued. “The real problem is the underutilization of resources. We can’t cut down what is really an investment in the future.” … Arrow then began a discussion of the need for government spending at a time when interest rates bottom out, as they did after the 2008 financial crisis. “The problem with monetary policy is that when the interest rate gets to zero, you hit a limit. That’s what happened in the Great Depression, and I’m probably the only one in the room who remembers that time,” joked the 91-year-old Arrow. Taylor argued in response that “temporary spending, such as the stimulus program, peter out very quickly and do not give you sustainable growth.”Sustainable growth is what economists worry about in terms of full employment economies over the longer term. Does Dr. Taylor even get the basic premise that we have deviated from the long-term full employment path? Of course, Dr. Taylor has a simple solution to how we get back to full employment:
Comparing the federal government’s attitude towards change to the intransigence of the stubborn parent-teacher association at his child’s school, he asserted that the best route to economic wellbeing was to remove the incumbent administration and start anew.In other words, make Mitt Romney President and everything will magically get better by itself. If you were not convinced by now that John Taylor has turned transformed himself from economist to political hack, this statement should make that case.