Stimulus: Content Matters

Shooting Hogs with a Shotgun

A couple of years ago a friend invited me to go hunting with him on his place. He dropped me off at a likely spot for either wild turkeys or wild hogs. He left me with a shotgun for the turkeys and a rifle for the hogs. Not being experienced in such matters, I was afraid of getting it wrong. I keep mumbling to myself over and over: shotgun for turkeys; rifle for hogs.

The original stimulus package, passed by the House, was huge-do you know that a trillion dollars is a million times a million dollars-yet the spending was so scattered and unfocused that it seemed unlikely to be effective anywhere. It didn't target areas of particular need. It didn't target areas with high concentrations of unemployment. It didn't focus on the housing problem. It didn't focus on "shovel ready" infrastructure projects. Huge and expensive as it was in the aggregate, it was too scattered and unfocused to be effective. They were trying to kill a wild hog with a shotgun.

The president has assumed the role of head cheerleader for the package. He began selling it before it was written, which he apparently left to his party's far left wing. He continues to emphasize the need for speed and denigrates those who question its substance. Debate over content is derided as uncooperative in a national emergency. But some of us believe that content matters.

Over the week-end, they put a little lipstick on the hog, but not enough. As they say, you can put lipstick on a hog, but it's still a hog.

By the way, I got a turkey with the shotgun and a hog with the rifle. The hog went down, lay there for a minute, then jumped up and ran off. We never could find that hog. You don't suppose . . . .

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  1. JustOne says:

    My only experience at shooting wild turkey was a VERY lucky shot. I was hunting white tail deer in Comanche county but turkey were also in season. It was nearing lunch time and a flock of wild turkeys … perhaps 20 or so … had been moving around for some time in the distance.

    Since I was deer hunting and they were about 300 to 400 yards away, I did not take a shot. It would have scared any potential deer away and the likely hood of hitting a turkey at that range … well not good.

    However it was time to meet back at the cabin for lunch and I had seen nothing else all morning. So I took careful aim and, through my scope, determined, that the closest bird was bearded … a requirement for taking wild turkey. To adjust for range, I raised my aim about a foot or so above the turkey and squeezed of the shot.

    To my surprise, the turkey fell and began to flop around on the ground. The other turkeys then did something curious. They began to circle around the dead bird and occasionally run up to it and hop up in the air. Apparently they could not figure out what was wrong with the dead bird they saw flopping around and did not realize their potential danger.

    After a few minutes of watching this strange behavior, I climbed out of the stand and stepped off the distance to the bird … 330 strides. When I looked at the bird, I was in for another surprise.

    The only evidence of being hit was a little bit of blood on the crown of the bird’s head. The 3006 bullet had barely clipped him in the head. No body shot with the related tainting of good meat.

    My youngest son (about a first grader at the time) later shared with one of his friends that his dad had shot a chicken in the eye from 300 miles. I still chuckle when I think of his enthusiastic explanation.

    So to bring this back to economics, lets hope that the current administration takes a shot at the economic crisis … and gets lucky. I’m not convinced they will do any good without a lot of luck. And the shotgun will be useless for the shot they need. Perhaps they will accidentally hit the MTM head of the problem.

  2. I think shotguns were just right for hogs since they usually “attacks” you from behind. to your surprise, it seems that there are no more better rifles to defend yourself… :)

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