This is Liberalism, defined:
Krugman: Scientists Should Falsely Predict Alien Invasion So Government Will Spend More Money
Last year New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman called for space aliens to invade earth so that the government would spend money to mount a defense thereby stimulating the economy.
PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: This is hard to get people to do, much better, obviously, to build bridges and roads and healthcare clinics and schools. But my proposed, I actually have a serious proposal which is that we have to get a bunch of scientists to tell us that we're facing a threatened alien invasion, and in order to be prepared for that alien invasion we have to do things like build high-speed rail. And the, once we've recovered, we can say, “Look, there were no aliens.”
This isn't crazy ol' STORMBRINGER speaking here; this is a Nobel Prize laureate, people. Credentialled Liberal aristocracy - it doesn't get any higher. If I question Darwinism, or speak out against abortion, or gay marriage, or call out a slut/whore as a slut and a whore - all positions backed up by the Bible, by the way - then I'm an intolerant ultra-right wing Tea Party nut case. This guy seriously suggests a government massive-spending scheme involving a make-believe space alien invasion and the New York Times gives him a platform.
I do like the author's take on it, however.