I was talking with Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, the other day; she offered a different approach, one that harkens back to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The idea was that taxpayers should get something out of helping the unemployed.
The Green Party’s Stein has a similar suggestion, and comments: “If you don’t have work, you’d go to an employmentoffice, not an unemploymentoffice, and you’d get a job, not sit home, depressed, with a check.”
At its peak, the WPA employed over 3 million men and women who would’ve otherwise been jobless.
And the Civilian Conservation Corps put the unemployed to work improving national parks and other pieces of federal land.