From every soundbite I have heard in the last twenty-four hours, the President will propose on Thursday spending more money on infrastructure and school buildings to stimulate the growth of jobs. I am all for stimulating job growth, but perhaps we need some new ideas.
I don’t know about you but traveling the highways and byways these days gives one plenty of evidence of stimulus. There is construction everywhere, roads, bridges, sidewalks, you name it. Many of them proudly display the signs from the last stimulus, I believe it was called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Guess what, the economy has not recovered and the level of unemployment has not come down.
If we are going to create jobs, shouldn’t we be trying to do so in some way other than doing the same thing we did last year, but obviously did not work. . . oh wait, that was not supposed to create jobs, but rather save jobs. Tell that to the twenty-million Americans with less than a full-time permanent job.
There are some happy people though, all those folks who get to make the signs and install them should be fully employed…I just wish they would remember to take them down when they are done with them.
Isn’t one sign of insanity doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome?
- Jobs: What needs to be done (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- August jobs report’s a biz zero – Kansas City Star (news.google.com)
- Obama challenges rivals on jobs (bbc.co.uk)