President-elect Barack Obama recently stated that as soon as he is officially in office he will put 2.5 million people back to work with a variety of job programs ranging from rebuilding bridges to refurbishing schools. Of course, as soon as those paychecks are cashed and the money starts to flow again, our economy will begin to flourish once more.
Cash flow is the life blood of any capitalistic society. Not only will workers have paychecks, but suppliers will have sales of their goods which will provide paychecks for their workers as well. The flow will go to all levels of the economy and provide a warm glow for everyone as our people will thrive in their world once again. Their self-esteem will prosper right along with their paychecks and bank accounts.
I’m glad to see that Obama has not said that his program will be a welfare program. People will apparently have to get off their backsides to avail themselves of these work programs if they want a paycheck to allow themselves to get out of their economic slump dumper. That’s the bright side of this proposed program. As with any good program, in theory, there is always a dark side as well.
Obama has compared his proposed programs with those of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Those programs worked wonders. They put people back to work. They gave workers paychecks once again. Soup lines dried up and the economy overall was looking up as well. There was a dark side to those programs as well.
The U.S. Supreme Court was finding many of the programs of FDR as being unconstitutional near the end of the Depression and were forcing their cancellation, which would have put our country right back into another depression. With those programs eliminated, people would be out of work again and now what are we going to do? Superman did not come to the rescue, but World War II did. The military draft was used to bolster the size of our military forces and off to war we were. It’s common knowledge that during a war our economy thrives. I’ve frequently said that if there is another war all I want is the contract for shoe laces and I’ll be a millionaire by war’s end.
I am thankful that Obama has seen fit to propose job programs for our people. Our country and our people need those kinds of things anyway but I do hope the Supreme Court does not find these programs as being unconstitutional as before and I certainly hope that we don’t have to finally get into another war to maintain our economy once we get back on our feet economically again.
Although many of us are experiencing hard economic times, I do hope that we have the leadership in place in our country to once again see to it that the ship of state is able to right itself and once again ply the seas of prosperity the world over. For that, I think we all can give thanks and we should. And remember, regardless of your status, tomorrow is another day. Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.