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  •  Doubling the number of teachers (2+ / 0-)
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    amd classroom aides would put a lot of people to work. Why the emphasis on infrastructure?

    •  We badly need to get off the car habit (6+ / 0-)

      That's why.  I'm sure we can do two things at one time.

      You won't have Putin's rearing head to kick around anymore.

      by rhubarb on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 08:08:00 AM PST

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      •  If the goal is to put people to work (3+ / 0-)

        why focus solely on construction workers?  In addition to many more teachers, we need more social workers, nurses, librarians, parole officers, etc.  FDR also supported artists and photographers and writers.

        •  FDR's genius (3+ / 0-)

          was not so much in creating a bunch of great ideas and programs as it was in creating a lot of ideas and programs and seeing what worked and what didn't. WPA/CCC was one of those programs. As you point out, the WPA included programs for the creative arts. In one project near and dear to my heart as a folk musician, the WPA provided funds for researchers to go out into the field and collect songs and stories from miners, housewives, farmers, former slaves and their descendants, and anyone else they could find who would contribute to the documentation of America's musical and oral history. Woody Guthrie himself was paid something like $266 to work for the BPA for a month, writing songs about the rivers of the Pacific Northwest and the work being done to build dams and hydrological power projects. If the only song he had written during that time would have been "Roll On, Columbia," it would have been worth the $266.

          I doubt that the Republicans in Congress will be happy if Obama decides to just start throwing projects at the wall to see what sticks, but screw 'em. While there are some parallels between 1933 and 2009, in many ways we're in uncharted territory and we'll just have to see what works.

          We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.

          Now the real work begins.

          by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 10:44:03 AM PST

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        •  I'm hoping that this is not the sole focus (1+ / 0-)
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          As my assemblywoman put it, better roads will not help us one little bit, since 80% of the budget goes to the university system, Medicaid, prescription drug programs, and so forth.  I want to see these works programs fleshed out--and more diverse than the hints coming down lead us to believe.

          Perhaps we just need to stretch our imaginations and ask for what we need.  I know that in the past two decades or more, my state has used road and prison building as Republican boondoggles.  

          You won't have Putin's rearing head to kick around anymore.

          by rhubarb on Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 01:44:51 PM PST

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    •  As I have stated... (0+ / 0-)

      In other comments that the infastructure is crap and if the roads are bad.  Then the teachers and not get to work, and then we got a negative feedback loop going on.

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