Letter to the Editor

Government spending: New jobs

Friday, February 6, 2009

We are near the point where we have to stop fretting about the money our government is spending to save our economy. It would be nice if everyone would lay off poor FDR, too. The New Deal saved us. The government created thousands of good jobs with projects that brought flood control and cheaper energy, not to mention more jobs in support businesses and raw materials.

We need to get back on a paying basis, and fast. Wouldn't it be nice if the government hired a whole lot of local contractors and built us a cleaner, more efficient and cheaper energy infrastructure? Let's build schools and hire teachers. Let's fix our roads so we can drive our American gas guzzlers rather than those job-sapping imports.

I wonder who employs more U.S. auto workers, the Japanese car companies or us? How many auto jobs have the Big Three happily sent south while our competitors have sent work our way?

ANDY HAZARD, Cape Girardeau