The economy and the age of the universe

In today’s episode of GOP fundamentalism run amok, Marco Rubio says something stupid in GQ:

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

A lot of people are rightfully slamming him for willful ignorance. We actually know a lot about the age of the Earth and the age of the universe, Mr. Rubio. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that there are facts out there, even if you don’t have them at hand.

But here’s the thing: His ham-fisted attempt to bring up the economy shows just how dangerous this no-facts thinking can be. If you choose to ignore data — scientific or economic — you’re unlikely to make smart decisions. (For example, you might ask Romney’s pollsters.)

And when you say…

I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow.

…I say bullshit. If the Earth is 6,000 years old, and God hid dinosaur bones for us to find, then we’re living in a magical universe in which conventional logic doesn’t apply.

Tax rates? Why would we even discuss them? We’d be better off praying for economic growth, because in this scenario we have a highly interventionist God who very recently flooded the entire world. Somehow, God brought us back from near-extinction. This recession is nothing by comparison.

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    Boom, and also this makes me think John August’s been reading the Slacktivist posts on Left Behind
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