It is time for President Obama to commit himself and his administration to a massive jobs program on the level of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Public Works Administration, and the Works Projects Administration, all initiated during the Great Depression by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Ten months have passed, and the unemployment rate is at 10.2 percent, the highest since 1983, and if it passes 10.8 percent, the highest it ever has been since 1939 and occurring in 1982, it will destroy the Democratic party victory of 2008 if no action is taken to reverse the surging unemployment.
Higher unemployment continuing will be the death knell of the administration, as Obama would be compared with Herbert Hoover. It is now an urgency that the US government, as a followup on the Jobs Summit set for early December, immediately use funds from the financial rescue, which have not yet been allotted or spent, a total of more than $200 billion, to be applied to job creation.
While conservatives will condemn public works programs, the answer is to ignore such attacks, as they have no desire to help the American people who are suffering, and never had any concern for average Americans during the Reagan or either Bush Administrations.
Everyday Americans will thank Obama for restoring their dignity and sense of self worth by creating such job programs, and if he does what must be done, he will be rewarded politically in the same way that Franklin D. Roosevelt was, when he ran for reelection.
The creation of massive jobs program on the level of $200 billion or more is a moral imperative, the right thing to do!