Obama Could Learn From FDR

By on September 11, 2010

Nick Taylor in the opinion section of the L. A. Times writes about a jobs plan based on FDR’s Work Progress Administration (WPA) that could both ease unemployment and improve America’s crumbling infrastructure.

The lesson for Obama in all this is that stimulus works, and the sooner and more aggressive, the better. The vast infrastructure upgrades that were achieved by the WPA were in many ways a side-product, but an important one that is still paying national benefits. Given the country’s potholes, sagging bridges, rickety electric grid and spotty broadband coverage, a push today on new infrastructure would also provide lasting and necessary benefits. In the first round of stimulus spending, jobs were saved and some infrastructure projects got underway, but there’s still much more to do.

There is much more about the challenges and opposition Obama faces to get the economy moving again at the sourced article below.

Source: L. A. Times

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