December 23, 2009
Heresy or Heterodoxy?
I know my pick:
Tax Policy Blog:
How Congress Can Create More Jobs: Mandate the National League Enact the Designated Hitter
At first, this would create 16 new jobs (number of N.L. teams). But think of all the other jobs. There will likely need to be more balls and bats produced because a D.H. is more likely to break a bat or foul a ball off during a plate appearance than a pitcher batting. This will increase the demand for wood and forestry products. Think of all those jobs. We may even need another bat boy. Pitchers will wear out faster, thereby compounding this issue. And pitchers will probably be more likely to be hurt during the season due to more wear and tear (every 9th batter won't be essentially a free pass). Therefore, more replacement pitchers will be needed. Plus, this wear and tear will create more jobs for medical trainers.
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Posted by John Kranz at December 23, 2009 3:45 PM
"This will increase the demand for wood and forestry products." You forgot to mention all the people that would be hired to plant new trees to replace the ones we hack down - we are environmentally conscious about this, right?
So who gets to do the obligatory post about how this is not creating new jobs, but taking away workers from other industries?