Day two of living without power had me thinking about economic stimulus and regulation.
The economic stimulus comes from a lack of residential power. We had to eat out and the waitress said the restaurant was busy all day. Then my daughter came home from her job at the mall and said the mall was packed all day, as well. So the key to getting people spending more seems to be forcing them out of their homes. That makes sense. Part of what the Internet has done is make staying at home more attractive than most other options.
As ofr regulation, I discovered its cause: people's unwillingness to put up with discomfort. My family won't stop complaining about how cold it is, how few options they have for food and so on. In other words, normal life about a century ago. The more comfortable people grow, the less they will put up with any irritation. At first this meant the basics, such as not wanting to eat rancid meat. But now it gets into areas like doc fees.
We're comfortable in our little worlds these days. Maybe it would be better for the economy if we were less so.