Krugman:

Now, Ms. Shlaes has found a new target: John Maynard Keynes. There’s a lot to critique in this piece, but this one takes the cake:

But the most telling fact about the new rush to spend is that its advocates have insisted on invoking the New Deal. They tend to gloss over the period when the phrase, “We are all Keynesians now,” was actually first uttered: the mid-1960s. (Uttered by Friedman, in fact, though he meant only that we all work in the terms of the Keynesian lexicon.)

The Great Society of that period was the ultimate Keynesian experiment, and it didn’t work very well.

Grr. Keynesianism says that deficit spending can help create jobs when the economy is depressed. The Great Society wasn’t deficit spending, it wasn’t intended to create jobs, and the economy of the 1960s wasn’t depressed. It was social engineering; we can talk about how well or badly it worked, but it had nothing whatsoever to do with Keynesian economics.

Farrell:

the fact that the country and President Bush personally were already mobilised for disaster has saved lives.… The level of preparedness for a giant storm may not have been obvious outside the country, filled as it was the London bombings and the constitutional challenges in Iraq. But the US was prepared for Katrina. All the old and new federal offices worked together and confronted the storm early.

… chutzpah and a complete lack of intellectual scruples ….

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