Where's an economist when you need one?

Why has the TV debate over the Obama economic proposals been dominated only by blowhard pols and blow-dried pundits. John Amato is on the case:

Please, where's the meat? Stop playing games with our lives. Put people on who can explain it coherently. Economics is complicated. Sound bites aren't enough. Obama was elected to bring change to the economy, not to debate the merits of tax cuts all over again. We had that discussion for 18 months and Obama won. Tax cuts lost. Why is the media ignoring that fact? John McCain ran on tax cuts to save us and he lost. Now he's telling his supporters that he's going to vote NO on the stimulus plan and wants them to sign a petition. You lost the election badly. Democrats have solid majorities everywhere you look, but not when it comes to the media that is supposed to inform us and not play "spin wars' with the country.

Alas, this whole thing is falling apart. As Bruce asked, is anybody alive out there? Maybe they're all sharpening their pitchforks