Should the US Government hire the unemployed?

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    The US government can just "borrow" trillions more of US dollars back from industrial companies and individual people in China, India, Brazil, Pakistan, and other industrial foreign nations in order to hire unemployed US people to rake leaves, or play music in the park, or write poems, or perform in a play, or take a picture of a Crucifix in his urine, or pave roads, or teach school, or plant trees, or clean up the environment, or paint pictures.

    These jobs will not be useful or contribute anything to correcting the basic USA economic foundation problem which is the foreign trade deficit and the Federal Government Spencding deficit. We most stop borrowing US dollars (back from foreign industrialized nations) to pay for government expenses and imported products.
     
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    They already do.

    Safe bet that 90+% of congressweasels wouldn't know their asses from a hot rock, if they had to go find real employment out in The World.
     
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    Though I am not fond of socialist solutions, sometimes it is necessary over a short period of time. This I know, paying them to work is far better than paying them to stay at home and collect those endless checks for being unemployed. That almost seems like a blanket endorsement for waste and inefficiency.
     
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    The solution is to cut off unemployment checks at some reasonable time. Continued unemployment benefits have been shown to extend unemployment as people feel able to put off looking for work.
    Government hiring people will hurt the economy as it takes workers out of the private sector.
     
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    Give then the "shovel ready" jobs.
     
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    IF the government can come up with something useful for them to do. Something so useful it's worth paying the interest on the deficit spending.
     
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    Another thing in favor of it is if the government thinks the temporary stability of providing jobs out weighs the crime caused by ridiculous unemployment.
     
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    I think that we should get the unmployed to dig the Trans-American canal. No locks...sea level the whole way...NYC to LA.

    That way, we wouldn't have to deal with Panama.
     
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    Thru the Department of Homeland Security, I think the GOP looted the American tax payer.

    Both sides are going to fund jobs, but what jobs? Defense contracts or pieceful inner city jobs to help combat poverty inside America.

    I understand the argument for spending on defense. I wonder if righties understand the importance of spending inside America on poor Americans.
     
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    Military expenditure provides jobs and stabilises the economy without empowering the workers. Social expenditures aren't as convenient. Whilst we can refer to the possible welfare gains from 'spending inside America on poor Americans', the consequences will be more substantial than we first think. Given the abundancy of working poverty, that empowerment can threaten the very nature of the Anglo-Saxon capitalism that is utilised in the US.
     

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