As you might have heard, there is a rather tragic story developing in Pennsylvania, as several homes have been burned down by arsonists, and dozens of people have been displaced.
But I'm wondering if maybe this story isn't so tragic after all?
The fires have given employment to firefighters. Now that the fires have been put out, the homes must be rebuilt, which means employment for carpenters, plumbers, and electricians who might not otherwise find work.
I'm no economist, but I am an interested layperson with flashes of brilliance, and I can't find anything wrong with this theory. Perhaps we should make arson a part of the stimulus package currently being considered by our nation's wise and generous lawmakers? We could pay people to set fire to things (perhaps they could set fire to homes that are about to be foreclosed anyway?), and then pay people to rebuild those buildings. It's a win-win, and it makes as much sense as the current stimulus package.