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  •  Civilian Conservation Corps 2.0. (11+ / 0-)

    Civilian Conservation Corps 2.0.

    •  Amen. CCC & WPA. (2+ / 0-)
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      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:37:51 PM PDT

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    •  My recommendation on that score can... (2+ / 0-)
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      bahaba, sethtriggs found in Resurrect and Energize and Modernize the Conservation Corps:

      Despite right-wing spin, the administration’s stimulus package has created and saved many jobs. Just not enough, and not quick enough. Everybody except the Party of No and their accomplices recognize something more must be done about unemployment. But the only way to get Republican backing for effective jobs action would be to give the very richest of their pals another nice upward transfer of wealth plus some vigerish in the form of new penalties on working people.

      Because of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, Americans can go just about anywhere in this country and see FDR's hand on the landscape. These programs weren't flawless, but they were smart, effective, pragmatic. To hear some Party of No politicians and rightist pundits tell it, however, this particular use of the public sector was just short of a Bolshevik coup. So, obviously, anything with a whiff of New Deal scent about it is going to set off another round of patented GOP sulking and barking amplified by our ever-helpful national media. [...]

      An audaciously and pragmatically crafted CECC would mesh perfectly with programs already being funded by the $80 billion green portion of the two-year stimulus package and with the still languishing American Clean Energy and Security act passed by the House five months ago. It could provide entry-level positions with good training and a job ladder for one of the most heavily unemployed demographics – men and women aged 18-25, especially those with only a high school diploma, though the program shouldn’t be for them alone. From those first government-funded green jobs, they could move on higher-skilled, better-paying ones in the private sector.

      Predictions for such jobs are optimistic. The union/eco-group coalition known as the Blue Green Alliance recently predicted in the white paper, Building the Clean Energy Assembly Line, that there would be 850,000 new manufacturing jobs alone by 2525, based on an economy powered 25% by renewable energy. The  recent Booz, Allen, Hamilton Green Jobs Study for the non-profit United States Green Building Council concluded that the building industry will create 7.9 million green jobs in the next four years.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 02:33:50 PM PDT

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