From Robert Reich Former Secretary of Labor Under Bill Clinton
Interview quoted from November 2011 issue of NYSUT United. Question:" What are the things president Obama needs to do to get the country back o the right track?........ REICH: For the long-term unemployed he's got to ressurect the works Progress Administration (WPA) and the civilian Conservation Corp., which hired people directly to rebuild America. Beyond that, we need at least half a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending. We need to upgrade and repair public schools and the federal government needs to make interest-free loans to the state governments so they can reverse the tragic direction states and localities have been going in terms of firing teachers, firefighters, police officers, social workers and others whose work is so important to average working families. At times like these they are the last who should be fired."
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