Frugal praise and rich criticism don’t do policymaking any good
Critiques that shift reform goalposts damage the credibility of critics more than the government
There is not much to choose between children, adults and expert-elites. Children hanker after a toy that they do not have. Once they get it, they lose interest and start craving another. For adults, their toys are different, but otherwise they are no different from children. Experts will berate the government for not undertaking structural reforms. Once such reform measures are announced, they will try to pick holes in the manner of their announcement, they will move goalposts, and list reforms that are not yet done. The reforms announced would have been on top of their list of demands but once announced, they inexplicably become inconsequential.