Our economy is in the sewer – people’s IRA’s and 401Ks are dissolving into smoke, our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, and unemployment numbers are near all time highs. It’s like we are all riding on a runaway train, with nobody at the controls. I keep thinking that maybe we need to bring back the old Depression-era WPA.
Launched in 1935, the Works Progress Administration, later renamed the Works Projects Administration, provided employment for millions of Americans, who built roads, bridges, public buildings, and parks. By the time the program ended in 1943, over eight million Americans had been put to work. In many towns in America today, libraries and courthouses erected by WPA workers are still in use.
The way I see it, we have millions of Americans who cannot find work, that are receiving unemployment or welfare benefits. And while we do have a certain percentage of welfare rats in that number, who do not want to better themselves, we have millions who just cannot find a job, because there are so few jobs available.
In the meantime, we have crumbling roads, bridges that are in danger of collapse, and public buildings that are falling apart. One recent report says that one in nine bridges in the United States is in danger of collapse.
Why can’t we put those unemployed citizens back to work, rebuilding our own country? We’re paying them anyway. Let’s get something out of it. Lord knows we spend billions rebuilding every Third World country around the globe, and get nothing back in return except scorn and hatred. Let’s put some of that money back into our own nation.
Think about it – instead of pouring American dollars into other countries, if we used that money rebuilding America, we could reduce unemployment because the people who are receiving some form of public assistance would have jobs, and the companies that supply the materials and equipment needed for those public works projects are making money and providing even more jobs. Jobs mean money, which means people start spending it, resulting in even more jobs in stores, factories, and restaurants. People could start paying for their homes, instead of seeing them foreclosed on. And the end result is that our economy would recover.
Now, I admit that I’m no economist, and maybe I am oversimplifying things, but wouldn’t we all be better off if we tried it? Isn’t it better to spend those billions of dollars in our own country, to improve our standard of living, instead of sending it overseas to make life better for the people there?
I’m sure some of you are saying “Hey Bad Nick, we’re broke. How do we pay for all of this?” Well, being broke has never stopped us from spending money we don‘t have overseas. So let’s spend the money we don’t have here, instead.
At this point, what do we have to lose?
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