Congressmen, Senators, the President, and all the high advisors feel that “we need to do something!” about the current economic crisis. Leave aside that government action is at least 50% the reason we got into this mess (I’d rate it closer to 80%). These guys are succumbing to a major critical-thinking error:
1. We must do something!
2. This (the so-called “stimulus” package) is something.
3. Therefore, we must do this.
Merely that it’s something to do doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
I’d rather seem them subscribe to this: “Don’t just do something — stand there!” Government doing *nothing* is almost always much better than government doing *anything*.