Tina K. Russell

June 12, 2008

Raising Keynes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Tina Russell @ 10:47 pm

Letter – Helping Jobless Youths – Letter – NYTimes.com
Seventy-five years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt took two crises — a decayed environment and wide unemployment — and combined them to form a single success: the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the C.C.C. three million young unemployed men dramatically improved the nation’s infrastructure and public lands, combating erosion, planting millions of trees and in the process creating roads, park trails and bridges.

The C.C.C. did more than restore America’s natural resources. It also gave young Americans living in poverty hope, opportunity and the chance to provide for their families. A major new national service initiative focusing on energy efficiency can do the same today.

Hell yeah. This is the kind of policy proposal I always support. Where there’s a problem, there’s an opportunity. It doesn’t make sense for us to have sustained unemployment at the same time as our infrastructure is crumbling.

This letter supports a government clean energy initiative, which would also be a good idea. It’s time to tell the truth: global warming and oil dependency are tremendous ecological threats, and clean energy is a tremendous economic opportunity.


  1. bravo – i thought i was the only somewhat young person who knew of the CCC – they did amazing work in Michigan and other states. Unfortunately, we are too PC today to put the Welfare folks to work.

    Comment by oral reporter — June 13, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

  2. The thing is, though, that people on welfare, by and large, _want_ to work, and this would be a great way to give them jobs. “Put them to work” isn’t the right framing; if we give them work, they’ll take it.

    Comment by Tina Russell — June 14, 2008 @ 1:09 am

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