Apparently helping New York retain its most critical public services is not among the "easy-to-reference issues" political donors should consider "when political candidates are calling for contributions."
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the WPA, the New Deal centerpiece that helped end the Great Depression by directly creating 3.3 million jobs. Let's remind ourselves of the economic lessons we learned from that historic program.
Like tea party activists and some of their fellow conservatives, Congress' reckless inattention to the deficit makes me concerned for my children's future. It's not because Congress is spending too much; no, it's investing far too little.
Instead of embracing the benefits provided by government, in the United States much as in Europe (though for different reasons) fiscal federalism has been endorsed as an economic accelerant rather than a public good.
With the persistence of fiscal deterioration and skyscraper high unemployment, Congress must quickly pass urban jobs legislation. Restarting the economy is impossible without restarting its economic engines: cities.