KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Hope Is Not A Policy. “It is important to work toward growth, of course, and to adopt good economic and monetary policies that we think will encourage it. (Gold standard? I would prefer privatizing the money supply.) But counting on optimistic assumptions about growth beyond current projections is, for the most part, a way to evade the very difficult business of reconciling our public income with our public spending. We have to work with what we have, with the reality before us. By all means, encourage production wherever you can, but stop trying to sell us a free lunch.”