I have to say, I’ve had quite enough economist-bashing for one campaign cycle.
We had some unpleasantness last month, but John McCain is clearly picking up the ball and running with it.
First, I don’t know what McCain has against economists. He’s hired a whole team of them to try to rationalize his ridiculous economic policy.
Second, it’s not just economists who realize McCain’s gas-tax idea is absurd, it’s common sense. We have a fixed supply of gas, so even a little critical thinking shows that “the tax cut really goes to the oil companies.”
And third, blaming economists for failing to predict the housing crisis is especially inane, since the opposite is true.
The problem isn’t the economists, it’s McCain’s reluctance to listen to anyone outside his bubble. Well, that and his own ignorance, despite three decades as a Washington insider.