Green Lantern Theory and John Cole
This description of an idea is perfectly reasonable.
Green Lantern Theory – States that the main impediment preventing a goal from being achieved is a lack of willpower. Coined by Matt Yglesias to describe the thinking of Iraq hawks and neoconservative geopolitics, it has also been used to describe a similar mindset in other areas such as financial regulation. Conveniently, the theory cannot be disproved—since any setback, military or otherwise, can simply be blamed on a lack of will, necessitating a redoubled effort with greater resolve. The name comes from the DC Comics character Green Lantern, whose power ring can produce almost any effect imaginable so long as the wielder has sufficient power of will to call it into being.
The idea is not reasonable at all.
Mind you that when redoubling effort in terms of military conflict the increased resources generally results in a practically different strategy on the battlefield.
The application of greater resources when it comes to governments implementing solutions on the macroeconomic battlefield does not generally mean a different approach or allocation of resources so much as it means doing the same thing with more energy, emphasis, or effort.
Professor Paul Krugman, for example, is one of the Left-Democrats that insist the Stimulus of 2009 was a good idea for a policy, but a bad policy only because it was too small. If that Stimulus was greater in terms of resources moved by the federal government it would have been successful in restoring economic prosperity and growth in the country.
I took the Green Lantern Theory from Balloon-Juice, a weblog I used to read on a regular basis. I stopped. I remember not caring for the ideas being thrown around during the Schiavo case. I read some of it today and I found the weblog is now a left-wing dogma bin. Balloon-Juice has turned left in my absence (there is no correlation or causation). I used to like the weblog; it is admirable that unlike most facets or manifestations of leftism I see this weblog appears to have a somewhat coherent or cohesive philosophy. Balloon-Juice does not have a firm grip on principle or reality beyond mere alliances, allegiances, or club memberships. Who is with whom means more to John Cole than the actual beliefs involved.