What with a $787 billion stimulus bill passed, a $3.6 trillion 2010 federal budget tabled and a $410 billion spending bill under negotiation this article from the 28 February issue of The Week magazine came to mind:
"There are few things in nature more lethal than a sex crazed elephant. When a male goes into “musth” his testosterone levels will soar and he will attack any human who gets in his way. Domesticated elephants in India are often starved until the madness passes, but scientists in the Estosha national Park in Namibia have developed a more humane method of control, says BBC online. After recording the low rumbling call of a female in heat, they use it to influence the direction of males on the rampage. This noise is almost inaudible to humans, but elephants can sense it from miles away by feeling the vibrations in their legs and by laying their trunks on the ground. When the team from Stanford University buried speakers in the earth and played the recorded sound the response of males was “intense and directed”. The technique could be used to steer dangerous elephants away from villagers."
Remarkably close to how a macroeconomic version might read:
"There are few things in economics more lethal than fiscal stimulus-crazed policy makers. When they go into “musth” their testosterone levels will soar and they will attack any human who suggests that too much ill-aimed cure is as bad as the disease. Resistant domesticated minions of the policy makers are often starved of pork by party whips until the madness passes and they acquiesce. But rogue representatives in the US bicameral system have developed a more humane riposte to the whips. After recording the low rumbling call of a voter in heat, they use it to influence the direction of whips on the rampage. This noise is almost inaudible to the average citizen, but whips can sense it from miles away by feeling the vibrations in their legs and through the reflex desire not to take career risk by alienating the electorate. When the team of rogue representatives buried speakers in the earth and played the recorded sound the response of whips was “intense and directed”. The technique could be used to stop dangerously blinkered policy makers from chipping away at the risk-taking cornerstone mechanism of the economy."
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