Analogy breakdown

The economy is not like a family and it’s not like a business. It’s like an economy and forcing the dynamics of macroeconomics into a pre-existing set of heuristics doesn’t exactly increase the likelihood of getting to the right answers.

Why should it be intuitive? Why should it be simple? Sometimes stuff is hard. Reminds me of one of my favourite quotes:

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. ~ H L Mencken

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