The science of Economics is what I call a gray science. There are so many factors that affect economic outcomes that it is difficult to accurately control or to predict what will happen if you take a particular action. It is like an especially crazy game of Whack-A-Mole wherein you finally end the labor shortage only to see drought, international conflict and inflation popping up. If you listen to economists, you will hear conflicting proposals on which problem to whack first and even on what tools to whack them with.

But there are times when one “mole” becomes so predominant that it is clear what must be whacked first, and sometimes it is even clear what to whack it with. The Covid pandemic is such a mole. In a pandemic such as this:

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