September 7, 2012
See-Get: Choom Gang Economic TheoryBy Keith Riler
When I read the other day that food stamps are being used to buy pop tarts, cookies, honey buns, candy bars, corn dogs, taffy, and cheesecake, it finally clicked: liberal economic and social policies reward stoners.
In honor of the president's old gang, let's call this new Chicago school of economic and social policy Choom Gang Economic Theory ("CGET" or the more descriptive "See-Get Economics," particularly given the theory's heavy reliance on entitlement and notable lack of emphasis on work).
CGET's apparent goal is to extend adolescence indefinitely, and then mire it in vice. This will have devastating effects on American youth and the economy, but it completes the link between Summer of Love irresponsibility and modern liberal economic theory.
Consider the following Obama/Democrat Party initiatives and achievements:
As mentioned, CGET is a new Chicago school. The old Chicago school of economics emerged from one of the world's foremost academic departments and was led by the most important economic scholars of the twentieth century, including George Stigler, Milton Friedman, Richard Posner, Eugene Fama, and Friedrich Hayek.
The old school focused on the efficiency of free markets, monopolies resulting from government interference, rejection of fiscal policy as a demand-side tool, and the money supply. Friedman, Posner, and the others were ardent free-marketers, passionate deregulationists, and deeply concerned with the importance of work and resource efficiency:
To the contrary, CGET has made waste its signature characteristic -- waste of both economic resources and human dignity. Consider that our unemployment surged after the February 2009 Obama stimulus, then returned to its very same February 2009 levels -- in other words, the non-stimulus was an $800-billion waste. Likewise, after the president dove into the offshore energy business, 19,000 jobs were eliminated and $1.9 billion of economic damage inflicted. As well, his involvement in the renewable energy sector was a spectacular bust, resulting in a waste of $90 billion.
CGET is led by president and former pot smoker Barack Obama, a former economist-turned-pop editorialist, and a bevy of opinionated but unqualified Democrat party leaders and sixties retreads. As the above bullet points indicate, key tenets of CGET include the abandonment of fortitude, temperance, and hard work. CGET inspires neither industry nor virtue, and it vastly underestimates the potential of young Americans.
Reflective of their dim view of our youth and in keeping with Harold & Kumar, Beavis & Butt-Head, and other lowbrow stoner favorites, CGET's proponents crafted a simplistic cartoon to lure youth into cradle-to-grave dependence. The Obama-produced "Life of Julia" is depressing. David Harsanyi voiced serious concerns with CGET's model woman:
James Taranto also astutely pointed out that CGET's Julia is probably very lonely:
Pity the poor girl's parents -- Julia grew up an angry feminist on the dole, but they had hoped for so much more.
Since CGET has taken hold, we see strong evidence of sloth, substance abuse, and immodesty -- in short, unhappiness. The teen unemployment rate now tops 20%, median weeks unemployed are higher than under any other president, teen alcohol and drug use are at epidemic levels, 41% of nationwide births are to unmarried women, and teen sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.
Fast Times' unemployed pot-smoking surfer dude, Jeff Spicoli, would have jumped at CGET's madness -- and, if you are not vigilant, so may your son or daughter.
Obviously, loving and caring parents would never present their adolescents with this litany of temptation -- no need to work, food's on me, insurance and contraception covered, oh and maybe some legal weed -- yet the president and his allies are pushing just such an agenda.
Any parent who aims to keep his or her child away from an indolent, ungrateful, and unhappy life of entitlement does not need CGET's kind of help. Regarding adolescent substance abuse:
When done underscoring the virtues of personal responsibility and clean living, the last thing a parent needs to hear is "But the president's okay with it."
CGET is dumb, and the fact that this president embraces it confirms recent findings that teen pot use contributes to the breakdown of intelligence later in life. It is unjust, imprudent, and callous to increase the temptations our children already face. In another liberal race to the bottom, CGET further lowers the bar.
Finally, in a postscript from the Lest-Ye-Doubt-Me Department, as this article was coming together Breitbart ran the following headline: "Choom Gang: Obama Web Ad Recruits 'Harold and Kumar' Stars." Consider:
In his shout-out to stoners and dead beats everywhere, the president just confirmed the existence and active implementation of CGET. Bad idea, dude.
iRichard Posner, Economic Analysis of Law (1998) p.30
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