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Millions Upon Millions of New Jobs for Americans, Just Waiting to be Created

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Without question, the problems of rampant joblessness and a stagnant economy could both be addressed and solved if those who wield the power in this government and the corporate world would stop vacillating and procrastinating; and take action to create millions of new jobs that are waiting in the wings.

Which jobs and where exactly can they be found? I'm speaking of two areas of great potential, each of which has been identified time and again as the real answer to this nation's ongoing unemployment dilemma. The problem is that this message continues to fall on deaf ears as those corporatists who benefit from the status quo are far more concerned with their bottom lines rather than with employing American workers.

So, here are those two areas of great potential job creation that are just waiting to be created, one in the short term and the second in the somewhat longer term:

The Rebuilding and Improvement of the National Infrastructure:

This is an area of great need that has, for far too long, been largely ignored. The U.S. national infrastructure, in a state of gross negligence and deterioration, could employ millions of workers in a rebuild and improvement program. It has become a national disgrace; old, outdated, crumbling and in such a sad condition that it will have a tremendous negative impact on American commerce for decades to come if not addressed and soon.  

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For those who are either unaware of this massive deterioration or just won't accept that it actually exists, following are some startling and troubling statistics showing how bad its condition is. These statistics come from the excellent book by Arianna Huffington, "Third World America", subtitled, "How Our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class And Betraying The American Dream." This book, excerpts of which I have illustrated with italics, could not possibly better speak to the pathetic condition of the national infrastructure.

In 2009 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation an overall infrastructure grade of D, down from D+ in 2005; here's just how bad that infrastructure is:


The ASCE report indicates that we would need to invest $2.2 trillion over the next 5 years just to bring our existing infrastructure up to a passable level (let alone a level appropriate for the twenty-first century). But only $975 billion has been budgeted for that period.

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*Bridges: one in four of America's bridges are either structurally deficient or obsolete. The typical bridge, with an average life of fifty years, is now 43 years old. To get all of the bridges in America in good shape we'd need to spend $17 billion per year but are only spending $10.5 billion.


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Why is it that in America, the nation that calls i... by michael payne on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 2:25:38 PM
Michael, as one of your fans I find this attitude ... by David Chester on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 4:24:14 AM
the answer to the funding is very simple; transfer... by michael payne on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 9:46:24 AM
yes, and then $30000 needed to start at least some... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 10:06:43 AM
2 things would help:  luxury taxes for one. A... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 11:27:38 AM
I'll call you Michael dreamer from now on, as I se... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 11:02:16 AM
Pal: Thank you for labeling me Michael dreamer; I ... by michael payne on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 5:12:33 PM
WHAT IF?  We could get the government to get ... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 11:29:46 AM
We are saving on borrowed money precisely at a tim... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 6:34:42 PM
I am beginning to think that this government and m... by michael payne on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 7:53:52 PM
As long as we are dreaming, might as well dream bi... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 8:50:03 PM
Whilst I agree with the premises, and the source f... by Doc McCoy on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 9:29:27 PM
C'mon Old Codger: First you say that "Whilst I... by michael payne on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 5:31:50 PM
You miss the point Michael.  EVERYONE that wa... by Doc McCoy on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 7:50:03 PM
There are many financial resources for paying down... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:18:55 PM
I do not ignore possible sources of funding. ... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:38:22 AM
China is not our biggest problem that might cause ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:22:31 AM
With those in the House that plan to sabotage t... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:45:24 AM
Michael, what is this reply to Hosea about the "ev... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 8:42:42 AM
Dr. Tom:Don't you understand a bit of sarcasm and ... by michael payne on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 8:50:48 AM
Michael, "dreaming" as you admitted and then sugge... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 6:43:19 PM
What is your problem? What's with this "bilpolar t... by michael payne on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 7:20:12 PM
OK. Agreed Michael.  I'll take you off my dis... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 8:23:04 PM
The evil is exploitative leaders of the business c... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:36:22 AM
Michael, I see a couple of x-generals, Paul E.... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 2:47:29 AM