I was asked in another thread to refute the notion that Hurricane Sandy is “good for the economy” because at least it will create a lot of construction jobs.
I — and so many others — have so thoroughly debunked this notion in so many venues over the years that I fear I can find nothing new to say, so I’ll leave you with this:
If you find yourself in an argument about this, ask your opponent whether it’s “good for the ants” when you put a stick down their anthill, wiggle it around and destroy their infrastructure. Go ahead and acknowledge that this can sure put a lot of ants to work.
Or, for that matter….
Ask if spilling ink on the living room rug is “good for your household’s economy” because of all the cleanup work you’ll do.
Of if a flu epidemic is “good for the economy” because it keeps doctors working overtime.
Or if a knee injury is “good for your economy” because of all the work you’ll do at physical therapy.
Or….. let’s have a contest. What’s your favorite response to this canard?