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MSNBC Host to NC Governor: Will Hurricane Irene Create Jobs?

By Doug Powers  •  August 26, 2011 10:01 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

World history is loaded with examples of disasters that became known for the economic booms they triggered (the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the stimulus, etc), so that must be why Mike Barnicle probably felt compelled to ask the question.

Transcript from Real Clear Politics:

Mike Barnicle, of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”: We don’t have much time left here but is there potentially a rather dark, downside to the storm and that after the storm passed, after it’s over there might be employment in reconstruction and things like that?

Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-NC): “I hadn’t thought of that but obviously there will be some employment as people rebuild and prepare. This morning they said there’s at least 27,000 or 28,000 structures that have an opportunity to be hit by the storm. So, we’ll know by Saturday or Sunday. But all of us want jobs, but this isn’t a way to get them quite frankly.”

“Hurricane stimulus”? It’s no space alien invasion, but it might work. Let’s keep this to ourselves though, Mike, or some economic genius in Washington might conclude that the only way to dramatically lower the unemployment rate would be to carpet bomb the entire country.

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Even Austan Goolsbee doesn’t think natural disasters are good for the economy. Notice though how Goolsbee partially blames the east coast earthquake that happened a few days ago for the bad economy. He is a comedian.

**Written by Doug Powers

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