Hunter notes with approval the great works performed by the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps between 1935 and 1943 and says today's rising unemployment and crumbling transportation infrastructure justify another big dip in the big government pool.
I agree wholeheartedly—I just find it funny to hear this from Lake County's conservative metropolitan press rather than our happy cabal of Lake Herman radicals.
Hunter does place five conditions on his support for
- He wants the President, not Congress, to control it, since Congress would only pile on pork. (How's that for a vote of confidence for President-Elect Obama?)
- He wants fat paychecks for the workers hired by the new WPA/CCC to take the place of wasteful "stimulus" checks that reward consumerism rather than hard work (sensible!)
- He wants lasting infrastructure investments, not just make-work (foresightful!).
- He wants the jobs program ended when the economy bounces back (fine with me!).
- Hunter wants a moratorium on teasing remarks from Lake County's alternative press about his turning socialist.
Kidding aside, our man Hunter is right on the money. Folks are losing jobs, and a brief drop in prices won't be enough to help those laid off keep up with their mortgages and health premia. Meanwhile, roads and bridges need fixing (well, maybe not the one to Red Owl). It's time to invest in people and in lasting projects that will allow the free market to get back on its feet.
As I've said, in a crisis, we are all socialists... even Jon Hunter.