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jobsThe Jobs Program

Is there anything that can get the economy moving?

Yes. Quite a bit in fact.

Spending powers the economy, and there are three areas that make the economy move: 1) the private sector; 2) people; and 3) the government. Currently, the private sector and people aren't spending, so that leaves it up to the government. This can be accomplished with a combination of jobs in medicine, science, technology, engineering, the Arts, and other areas.

 

 

The NDP Approach:

A Works Progress Administration (WPA), that will create 28 million new good paying jobs ($52K+/yr, full benefits & retirement) to provide financial security for people through worker-owned businesses and increased unionization in the following industries/areas:

 
PROGRAM
JOBS CREATED  
PROGRAM
JOBS CREATED
  1. ARTS
1 million
  16. JOURNALISM & MEDIA
1 million
  2. AUTOMOTIVE
1.5 million
  17. MEDICINE
4.5 million
  3. AVIATION
500,000
  18. MILITARY VETERANS
2.3 million
  4. BICYCLE INITIATIVE
400,000
  19. NASA
500,000
  5. COMMUNITY LIBRARIES
400,000
  20. NATIONAL HIST. PRESERVATION
100,000
  6. DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION
1 million
  21. NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
500,000
  7. EDUCATION
500,000
  22. OPEN BORDER INITATIVE
200,000
  8. EMERGENCY
200,000
  23. PEACE CORPS / AMERICORPS
300,000
  9. ENERGY
1 million
  24. PHARMACEUTICAL
1.5 million
  10. ENVIRONMENT
1 million
  25. POST OFFICE EXPANSION
1 million
  11. FINANCIAL
500,000
  26. PUBLIC DEFENDERS
500,000
  12. GREEN ENERGY
400,000
  27. REGULATION
1.5 million
  13. HIGH-SPEED TRANSPORTATION
2 million
  28. SHIPBUILDING
500,000
  14. IP / COPYRIGHT
100,000
  29. TELECOMMUNICATIONS
1.5 million
  15. IRS
600,000
  30. UTILITIES
1 million

 

In addition, there is a need for state-owned and federal-owned banks for business & personal loans as well
as low-interest credit cards. A detailed breakdown of the jobs and the number of openings to be created can be found here.

Family farms are important too. Rather than a small number of large monopolistic conglomerates like
Monsanto feeding the world, we need to grow the number of family farms and ensure they receive a fair return for their work, and that land and equipment are affordable. We need to ban GMO crops and rein in Monsanto and regulate it.

Also, the Public should be in control of the money supply. The country needs to reform and remove the power to create money from private banks, and to fully restore the supply of our national currency to democratic and public control so that it can be issued free of debt and directed to environmentally and socially beneficial areas.

How do we know government funding for job creation will work? Because FDR and the New Deal did it back during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It provided the "3Rs" - Relief, Recovery, and Reform; Relief for
the unemployed and the poor, Recovery of the economy to normal levels, and Reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.

 

 

Resources:

What a 21st Century New Deal Would Look Like

The Case for a 21st Century New Deal - Adding 4.5 Million Doctors and Nurses

The Case for a 21st Century New Deal - A Stronger People's Post Office

The Case for a 21st Century New Deal - World Class High Speed Internet

The Case for a 21st Century New Deal - The Jobs Program

Honoring Dr. King's Call for a Job Guarantee Program

The Case for a 21st Century New Deal - Passing FDR's Economic Bill of Rights

The Case for a 21st Century New Deal - 5.1 Million Jobs for Revitalizing America's Cities

The Case for a 21st Century New Deal - Minimum Wage and Basic Income