“Today, for example, there is much gnashing of teeth in the media because Democrats and Republicans can’t seem to get together to create a bipartisan plan for government intervention to solve our current economic problems.
“Those who cry out that the government should ‘do something’ never even ask for data on what has actually happened when the government did something, compared to what actually happened when the government did nothing. That could be a very enlightening trip through the archives.” – Thomas Sowell.
(Not only do the “do-somethings” not look at history, they also do not have answers for what the “something” should be. Create jobs? Doing what? Fund shovel-ready projects. Who’s going to use the shovels? One of Bill Veeck’s baseball managers, asked why he made certain decisions in a game, replied, “Things were going so bad I had to do something.” Veeck contrasted that answer with one from Casey Stengel. “Well, it reminded me of a game in 1932 in Binghampton …” Stengel knew. The other guy guessed.)