But even in the apparent absence of rational policy possibilities, it's worth paying attention to some saner voices - and from relatively stodgy circles.
Professor of economics and and former vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Blinder, had this warning in the Wall Street Journal (via Economist's View) :
"The Myth of Job-Killing Spending" ... House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans regularly rail against "job-killing government spending." ... Using the same illogic, employment should soar if we made massive cuts in public spending—as some are advocating right now.
Acting on such a belief would imperil a still-shaky economy that is not generating nearly enough jobs. So let's ask: How, exactly, could more government spending "kill jobs"? ...