Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 15, 2011, 7:57 p.m. EST by sickmint79
from Grayslake, IL
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cash for clunkers, the last stimulus, etc - most of this stuff was spendulus. it was not stimulative. what is? infrastructure.
let's say the transportation infrastructure is upgrade. the 3 way highway 94 in chicago recently got expanded to 4 lanes. i use less fuel now on my commute. i can make it 15 miles further in the same amount of time as my old commute. i have more money. i burned less oil. i have more free time - maybe i'll produce at work longer, maybe i'll go out to a restaurant more often, maybe i'll just get to finish a book. industry relies on infrastructure for the efficient transportation of finished and unfinished goods, how much more money and time can they save as well? civil engineers have noted our need for many infrastructure upgrades.
we have an aged energy system as well - how much more efficient could it be made? what about data and telecommunications? what if we ran fiber to every area of chicagoland - what more services could be offered and made possible? new companies would spring up to provide these services we could not even imagine before we had the ability to deliver so much information.
a large stimulus on transportation, energy and telecommunications would work wonders. it would put a lot of people to work, and once it place, would create a fertile environment for the private sector to create jobs. not one-time jobs, but real actual jobs that the economy organically demands and will last.
few politicians would deny this, and even fewer voters. this is something that we can all get behind. congress would need to be prodded to make it, and keep the fatty pork out of it for their own little pet spends on this or that. a massive infrastructure stimulus is what we need. a massive infrastructure stimulus is what we should demand.