Is unemployment REALLY 8%? Simply… NO! If you add in those unemployed who have given up searching for a job, those who have used up their benefits, those who have gone back to school (In lieu of their futile efforts of finding employment) and those teens that aren’t eligible for benefits, you get double digit unemployment rather quickly. We need to stop blowing sunshine up the backsides of the American people and be honest with them. They’re NOT stupid (contrary to the beliefs of some politicians)!
Now, I’m not saying I have all the answers. I do believe, however, that there ARE solutions and that we CAN save the economy of this nation before we fall into the precipice above which we so desperately cling. We need to offer hope; not with lies, but with truth and determination to move in a positive direction.
The “New Deal” was not a perfect plan, but it DID put men back to work and built the infrastructure of this nation. Men were given jobs. They were given hope! Yes, it cost money. I honestly believe it was money well spent. We can not pay people to lie around and do nothing. Give them a task. Put them to work. Feed them and clothe them, but let them EARN their pay!
Build that pipeline, but ONLY with the promise that the benefits of it will STAY in North America! Build nuclear power plants and refineries HERE. Take the best ideas of other countries and use those ideas to make better, safer power while ALSO moving in the direction of solar, wind and other alternative methods of supplying energy.
Put those men & women in prison to work, too! Most inmates would welcome the opportunity to be put to good use, paying for their crimes instead of us giving them free cable, internet, and meals while the honest people starve. It’s no wonder crime is so high! I’m not in favor of cruelty, but fair, honest work will also give many of them hope for a future once their debt is paid to society.
If every president had a think tank in the White House that was dedicated to finding SOLUTIONS instead of excuses, maybe we could actually survive this crisis. If a simple math tutor can come up with this many practical ideas, think what the brightest and most brilliant minds in the country could do!