Since posting the blog Doublethink and Newspeak = Doublespeak I’ve been thinking about and discussing Depression Era programs like the WPA.
Programs designed to put people back to work and address infrastructure needs.
My thought is that with the amount of money spent on foreign adventurism, unsustainable wars, and the billions spent on “nation building” in other countries ( some of which despise the U.S.) why not revive the WPA and address the same issues in this country?
Jobs would be created, poverty levels decline, foodstamp rolls reduced, and inevitably lead to an increase in consumer spending which in turn would lead to increased production.
Tell Jeb Bush to forget about his proposed one percenter centric tax plan and up the tax rate on them instead, directing that increased revenue to the new WPA and the national debt.
Let corporations know that if they want to export jobs then legislating a bill into law that would require them to pay the same wage to a foreign worker as they would here and provide similar benefits will be the way of it.
If that isn’t enough to make them strike camp and scurry home then impose a tariff on whatever they import just as a tariff exists on other imported goods.
That alone would increase jobs and revenue from taxation – doubtful any of this will ever occur though as politicians and government have their heads stuck so far up the nether regions of corporations, one percenters, and the banking industry they’d rather eat their shoe than act in the best interests of everyday people.
Such a suggestion will surely raise cries of foul and isolationism from those with a vested interest, but that would be far from the truth as the U.S. would continue to import and export, globalism doesn’t imply creating an employers market for a reduced number of jobs or driving wages down.
Nor should it sacrifice economic well being and the ability for workers to achieve and advance rather than remain stagnant or awash in debt.
At the very least this is something all those people who run around shouting USA, USA, or droning on about love it or leave should be thinking about.
If they love their country, it they’re the “patriot” they profess to be then it’s time to put up or shut up, to demand change, not just content themselves with partisanship or the rhetoric that emanates from the party of their choice.
Change – meaningful change and a government that represents those it’s pledged to serve …. now’s there’s a novel idea isn’t it?
Beneath the sheets political affiliations are left on the nightstand – beneath the sheets corporate and super pac money buy the same cronyism from Democrat, Republican, or Tea Partier.
Beneath the sheets it isn’t about sex trafficking per se but the pimping of an entire nation – every man, woman, and child of it not found among the privileged.