Earlier this month, I penned a piece in which I suggested a 2013 WPA-type of government investment in the creation of millions of construction jobs. These jobs would not all be ‘grunt’ work because such projects require a collateral workforce not skilled in construction technology along side of the workers themselves. Local restaurants, for example, would be contracted for food-supply; local cement suppliers, lumber yards, steel suppliers, plumbers, welders and trucking companies as well would be called into action throughout the project. Porta-potties too! The boon to the local economy would be tremendous.
Who has heard the word, ‘job’ uttered from the lips of President Obama or any member of Congress since the election? Name me one. On the other hand, how many times have the words, ‘fiscal cliff, taxes and cuts’ been uttered by those in charge of our governance? Countless. Nauseously. Stupidly.
Candidate Romney touted 12 million jobs; Obama spoke of millions of middle-class jobs.
JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!
Were these two men lying to the electorate? Was it all a gimmick? What the hell!
The ‘creation’ of jobs sufficient to move this nation quickly upwards will NOT be coming from the private sector. Businesses are quite happy with the current, low-wage, high-demand employment situation of this nation. They have the workers of this nation right where they want them- begging for employment, willing to accept cuts in pay, hours or benefits just to maintain their employment.
Rather, such a job-creation effort lies at the feet of the Federal Government; only this body has the funding and organizational structure to move millions of Americans from the dole to the payroll. We’ve done it before and it was seen in later years as quite the patriotic thing to do. We are all patriots, aren’t we? When something big needs to be accomplished, we pull together for the good of the whole. Why not now?
Why is all of Washington focused so intensely on the so-called fiscal cliff? How does this affect the 8 million Americans looking for work or the tens of millions of under-employed Americans? Will either solving it or ‘going over’ it create one single new job?
During the Great Depression many despondent men committed suicide by jumping out of windows. If we let the job-creation fiasco continue to fester, perhaps many will seek the same ‘solution’ by jumping off of the fiscal cliff!