Washington Post: "Republican presidential candidates want to ... restore the gold standard...."

As observed by this writer at Forbes.com:

The candidates of both parties finally have realized that the defining issue of the 2012 presidential election will be job creation.  President Barack Obama leads with a proposal that commentator Larry Kudlow calls, persuasively, a straight jacket rather than a jobs creator.  The Wall Street Journal loves the plan put forth by the fast-fading Huntsman and slams the first-tier Romney plan. Meanwhile, a credible key to explosive jobs growth begins to come to the fore:  a credible monetary policy prescription for a seriously stable dollar.
A sure signal of a rising policy vector? The Washington Post sends forth a top gunslinger to attack it — “it” being the gold standard and the GOP candidates for considering it.  The Washington Post‘s Pulitzer-winning business and economics columnist Steven Pearlstein writes in his Sept. 10 column, “The magical world of voodoo ‘economists’“:

"Republican presidential candidates... wouldn’t mind ... putting the country back on the gold standard.

I realize economics isn’t a science the way biology and physics are sciences, but it’s close enough to one that there are ideas, principles and insights from experience that economists generally agree upon. Listening to the Republicans talk about the economy and economic policy, however, is like entering into an alternative reality." ...

Too facile and too glib, Steve.

Hayek, speaking about the “Pretense of Knowledge” upon his acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Economics (kooky, Steve?), talked about the very “ideas, principles and insights from experience that economists generally agree upon” on which Pearlstein’s confidence depends:

The credit which the apparent conformity with recognized scientific standards can gain for seemingly simple but false theories may, as the present instance shows, have grave consequences.

In fact, in the case discussed, the very measures which the dominant “macroeconomic” theory has recommended as a remedy for unemployment — namely, the increase of aggregate demand — have become a cause of a very extensive misallocation of resources which is likely to make later large-scale unemployment inevitable. ...

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Photo by Pete Souza, courtesy of the White House

There is something more than a little disorienting at seeing one of the soldiers of the Washington Post, red as its coats have grown, conclude his column with a triumphant embrace of the president whose downfall his predecessors at the Post brought about:  “It took a while, but even Richard Nixon came around to declaring himself a Keynesian. Maybe there is still hope for Perry and the gang.”

Hope?  This seems to say that it is Pearlstein’s hope that GOP candidates like Rick Perry (and the “gang”) will … measure up to … the personal integrity? … the wonderful stagflation? … of Richard Nixon.  Yet …  Pearlstein writes that “Listening to the Republicans talk about economic policy … is like entering into an alternative reality.”  

Discuss.

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