Issue Position: Jobs and Securing America's Infrastructure

Issue Position

By:  Roger Goodman
Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Location: Unknown

We've been experiencing the worst economic crisis in many generations. We can learn lessons from history, though, particularly the need to make critical public investments in infrastructure. We can wait no longer to repair our strategic roads, bridges, railways and waterways, as well as environmental controls such as sewer and stormwater systems. Our infrastructure is a critical public good and there is little incentive for the private sector to invest in it, so we need public investment to ease the flow of commerce, to improve road safety and to reduce commuter stress, and to clean up our environment.

Not only that, we are providing workers with good, living-wage jobs, giving them dignity and preserving family stability. The money they earn gets recirculated right back into the economy. This is how we can get America out of stagnation and rolling again. So yes, the government can create jobs and improve the infrastructure and our quality of life. It sounds like a win-win to me.