Tuesday :: Jan 13, 2009

Open Thread

by Mary

One reason for having the government create jobs while the private sector can't:

F.D.R.’s labor secretary, Frances Perkins, described in her memoir what a relief job meant to an “almost deaf, elderly lawyer” she knew whose practice had failed. He had gotten a job as a caretaker at a small seaside park. “He made little extra plantings,” she recalled, “arranged charming paths and walks, acted as guide to visitors, supervised children’s play.” When she saw him, she said, “he would always ask me to take a message to the President — a message of gratitude for a job which paid him fifteen dollars a week and kept him from starving to death.”

Every day I'm running into people who have lost their jobs and they need something to do that provides value to them, their families and their communities. Sitting out the recession on dole is not the answer. And waiting for WalMart or JP Morgan to create new jobs isn't going to happen soon enough. So I expect Obama to get to work on this as soon as he's in office. (h/t Digby)

Your turn.

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