Liberals’ understanding of economics and government spending have always dumbfounded me.

Some of the ideas they put forward are just so tangential to anything reflecting the reality the rest of us know as to defy description.

There’s Nancy Pelosi’s famous theory about unemployment benefits stimulating the economy by creating jobs.

More recently, she asserted that tax cuts are actually government spending. Of course, being a creature devoid of logic, Pelosi is incapable of following the ramifications of her statement. Democrats believe government spending is stimulus to the economy, so if tax cuts are spending, therefore tax cuts must be economic stimulus.

That, of course, is a conclusion Democrats will deny to their last breath. Can’t let right-wing syllogistic extremism take over the country, after all.

Maxine Waters is another idiot-savant — well, not really much “savant” in the mix — of the Left on economic matters. A couple of years ago, she called on President Obama to create a jobs program, funded to the tune of a trillion bucks:

“Iím talking about a jobs program of a trillion dollars or more,” she said. “Weíve got to put Americans to work. Thatís the only way to revitalize this economy. When people work, they earn money, they spend that money, and thatís what gets the economy up and going.”

Sucking the “trillion dollars or more” out of the economy to pay for the program in the first place might have more of a “down and stopping” than “up and going” effect, but why spoil a good yarn with details?

Just last month, Waters warned the country about the automatic sequester cuts eliminating 170 million jobs, which is considerably more than the number of people in this country who work. Other Democrats and the media got on the anti-sequester bandwagon, too, but they’ve all gotten fairly quiet since the sequester’s chief effect so far has been to cause President Obama to release illegal aliens, cut military budgets and cancel White House tours in an obvious effort to punish the country for not doing what he wanted.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, however, trumped all the sequester whiners the other day when he implied that the sequester cuts caused the deaths of seven Marines in Hawthorne, Nevada.

Somewhere back in his senile brain, Reid seems to have realized that linking the sequester diretly to deaths was outrageous even for him of the “that’s what I heard” school of truth, so he sort of said it without saying it:

“It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary,” Reid said. “These men and women, our Marines, were training there in Hawthorne and with the sequester it’s going to cut this stuff back, and I just hope everyone understands sacrifices made by our military, they are significant.”

Lewis Carroll, the famous author and Oxford mathematician, once “proved” that 2 times 2 equals 5. He was kidding, of course, but in the liberal world, that’s the sort of thing that is put forward as sense.

Let’s see. If spending cuts cause deaths in the military, the logical thing to do is to increase spending. Tax cuts are spending, therefore, cutting taxes will save lives.

Sounds like it’s worth a shot.