Keynesian economics has been refered to by some as “Broken Window Economics”. The theory being that if glazier’s are unemployed, the government will go into the business of breaking shop windows, thus creating demand. The shop owner gets a new window, the glazier is provided with work, problem solved.
In the world of the near future, it will probably work more like this:
A shop owner awakes to find his front window broken and a Federal Green Jobs employee standing out front with a handful of rocks.
“Did you break my window?” asks the shop owner.
“Your single pane shop window has been determined to be out of compliance with new Federal regulations regarding energy efficiency and safety standards” replies the Federal employee. “I mean look at those sharp shards of glass laying all over the sidewalk, somebody could get hurt.”
“I see what you mean”, says the shop owner. “How ’bout I grab a broom and we can clean this mess up”.
“Against union rules”. I’ll get a hold of the Sanitation Dept. and have them take care of it. Please fill out these forms.”
“Forms? Tell you what, I’ll grab the broom and sweep it up myself.”
“You’ll need a permit for that”.
“A permit?! For what?!!
“A permit to remove and dispose of hazardous material from public property.”
“Public property?! That’s my window!! Or it was my window before you threw a rock through it!”
“Well, regardless, it’s on public property now so we’ll have to go through the proper channels to get this mess cleaned up. Please fill out these forms.”
Fine, fine…just give me the forms and I’ll fill them out while I order a new window.”
“So you intend to replace the broken widow.”
“You intend to replace the window.”
“YES!! I intend to replace the broken window! I can’t very well run a business with my former front widow laying in pieces in front of the shop, can I”.
“Very well. Here is a list of Federally acceptable window specifications and government approved contractors for installation.”
“Never mind! Give me the forms for “Hazardous waste” removal and I’ll install the window myself.”
” Are you a government approved green window replacement contractor?”
“Do you have the proper certifications to install government approved, energy efficient, shatter proof, glass windows.”
“FUCK IT!!! I’ll just put up a piece of plywood!
“You’ll need a building permit for that. Please fill out these forms with a description of the scope of work and detailed drawings of your proposed project .”
“Sigh”…..Why did you throw a rock through my window in the first place?”
“To provide green jobs and stimulate the economy.”
“Screw it. I’m closing this place, firing my employees, and going to work for someone else. Who is it you work for? Are they hiring?”
“I’m sure we are! Federally mandated green jobs are the jobs of the future! And the pay is great! Much better than running a shitty little business like…well, no offense, but you guys can’t even get a window replaced. Please fill out these forms and I’m sure we can find something for you!”
I hope that sooner rather than later, people are going to start equating this kind of idiocy with the Keynesian economic policies that our highly educated “experts” have insisted on implementing over and over for the previous 3/4 of a century and it will finally die the slow agonizing death that it deserves.
Hope ‘n’ Change!! It’s happened before.
H/T to Maggies Farm for the video.