The Secret to China's GDP Growth: If You Build It, Nobody Comes
The government can build you a city, but you might not want to live there or need to move there. So then what? You have tremendous government spending... "why spend trillions when you can spend billions?" says Dr. Evil.... and an empty city to show for it. You can record the spending in your GDP numbers, share it with your huddled technocrats who massage every figure, put up pretty charts and graphs for the media, who in turn spend hours debating just how successful it was. When the economy falters again, they can argue if more spending was needed. The public eats it all up. Well, everything except the stuff government produced for them.
Meanwhile the city you built is empty.
David in Qatar