The American people are looking for some response to this disaster.
We feel powerless while we wait for the so called experts to cap the well.
We know that if we ever drill anywhere again that the lessons learned here will be put to good use.
But we still want action and I have a starting point for that action.
A new WPA for the gulf region.
The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest New Deal agency, employing millions to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing. Almost every community in the United States had a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western populations. Expenditures from 1936 to 1939 totaled nearly $7 billion.
Quoted from wikipedia.
We have wanted Congress to create some kind of comprehensive jobs bill but they haven't acted yet. They can't even agree on what form the program should take.
Here is how we make lemonade out of the biggest lemon that corporate America has handed us yet.
The federal government should create the oversight structure and then let private business step in and start making a profit at BP's expense.
This disaster will take decades to alleviate. We should organize the project and do it right. I am sure that BP wants to just shovel some oil into some plastic bags and call it good.
We should set some high standards and send the message loud and clear.
If you make an environmental mess it has to be put right.
We should hire hundreds of thousands of people to make this right. I know that the farmers in my state would love to sell extra hay to soak up the spill and we could use a plasma furnace to burn up the waste that gets collected. Landfills will be needed. Housing and medical care and shops and everything else to support a massive cleanup effort, and the best part is that we just send the bills to BP