As employment stagnates, manufacturing continues its slump, and overall confidence in the U.S. financial system wavers, the nation's economists have begun abandoning their homes and sending their loved ones overseas. "We've noticed a trend among the leading economic thinkers, be they Keynsians, supply-siders, or students of the Austrian school—they're putting their families on one-way flights out of the country, often leaving half-finished survival bunkers behind them," Paul Klement, an analyst with the Brookings Institute, told reporters Tuesday. "The flights aren't on domestic carriers, either. I think they saw something in that last transportation industry report that really spooked them." At press time, none of the nation's economists could be reached for comment.
The AEA's evacuation order suggested that we regroup on a secret oyster shell barter island in the south Pacific (and proceed to argue over minutiae whilst getting rich and destroying the simplest of barter economies).