Put 15 Million Back to Work by November 2012

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    WPA-II that's how.

    Split the entire work force into two divisions, deployed military and able-bodied civilians all overseen by Army Corps of Engineers or Navy Seabees.

    "Projects: Roads, bridges, tunnels, dams, ports, waterways, water-sewage and drainage systems, levees, flood control, rail beds, rural electrification systems, fisheries, hospitals, schools, libraries, national/state/local parks and recreation systems, adult literacy programs etcetera.

    "New projects would involve finishing repairs from Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.

    "Others systems would include light- and high-speed rail, solar/wind/water-based energy, erosion control, environmental protection, energy conservation, earthquake-proofing house foundations for the poor and disabled and dismantling/cleaning up decommissioned nuclear energy plants...

    "Funding: With the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a portion of Congressional appropriations to both the DoD and the State Department would be shifted to underwrite WPA-II expenses that previously were dedicated to foreign infrastructure and economic aid.

    "This would include salaries of all DoD participants, including payroll for deployed military.

    "The State Department would shift funds from most of its foreign-aid programs and much of the $3 billion presently earmarked for the Baghdad Embassy security forces.

    "In addition, USAID would turn over its Congressional appropriations to the WPA-II and rely in future upon financial support from US businesses and industry and/or the US Chamber of Commerce to continue its global activities..."

    Put 15 Million Back to Work Fixing $2.2 Trillion in Infrastructure: the Works Progress Administration | Truthout
     
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    The only answer to high unemployment is private sector jobs. A government job is paid for by taxes. If you use the funds you were using for wars it is still funded by taxes or more debt. Until you can withhold enough from an federal employees wages to pay their own wages and benefits it's a losing proposition for the American tax payer. You will never get the private sector jobs while you have an anti-business administration that buries business in regulations and unknown health care cost. Obama doesn't seem open to any pro-business ideas so I guess you can kiss private sector jobs good-by until he's gone. The last thing we need is a bigger government that everyone works for.
     
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    Thank you, Uncle Josef. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, because the last 780-some billion Obama spent to 'create jobs' worked out soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo well, right?
     
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    Do we need to put money into infrastructure? Absolutely. Is this idea one that makes sense? Absolutely not. While the first stimulus should have gone almost entirely to infrastructure, it did not. Barely 5% went to infrastructure, which was a huge mistake. However, when we look at the cost, $2.2 trillion, we know that the cost will be much greater, especially if you try to do it with 15 million untrained workers. And it is not something that must be done overnight. First of all, the end cost would likely be closer to $5 trillion. Where is that money going to come from over two or three years?

    While we should discuss putting much more money into infrastructure, this idea is a horrible one. Here is the biggest problem. Assuming we did this, it would cost us a bundle, but at least we would get something in return for our money, and it would put everyone to work. That is the good part. Now here is the really awful part. After two or three years, all the work would be done, and we'd have to lay off 15 million people. Then what?
     
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    While it wouldn't have solved all our unemployment problems, it would have worked out substantially better had all the money been put into infrastructure over five years.
     
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    and to think that even with 1/2 Trillion Dollars, we could of created about 10-12 Million Jobs. That means with 4 Trillion Dollars, we could of created about 50-60 Million Jobs, and we only need 15 Million. So where did the 4 Trillion go?
     
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    That is complete bullshit. As far as taxes go, the gov. worker is paying back part of the taxes, so we get his cheap labor to fix things. And whatever he does he is generating work & services & materials from the private sector that also pays taxes to cover the loss. So much for your private sucker jobs bullshit.:lol:
     
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    Good idea.
     
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    Yeah, fixed all the roads in my county that were neglected for years. Right.:clap2:
     

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