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.

Hat-tip: Scrivener

On the web 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?

Posted by: Keith at December 23, 2009 4:39 PM

My love of Ricardian specialization should make me a DH man. Instead, an accident of birth in what becomes an NL town puts me firmly in the "People's Front of Judea" camp.

Coherent, consistent philosophy my ass!

Posted by: jk at December 23, 2009 4:54 PM

I believe there ought to be a Constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter.

But I'm flexible on the infield fly rule - perhaps my vote on that one could be bought, and for less than it costs to rent a Senator these days.

Posted by: Keith at December 23, 2009 5:32 PM

You'd forever be suspected of being under the sway of BigDroppedFlies

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