I have been having some discussions over on a list on FaceBook, and I wrote the following in reply to a question, and thought it was worth posting here. I have taken out the person’s name, since this is a public blog.
_________, I don’t have the pessimism you have over spending and hiring for the nation’s superstructure. I know that my dad, who was born in 1917, was an architect and roofer, and his business grew out of Roosevelt’s works program, when the roads and Hoover (Boulder) Dam were being built, and my dad was responsible for a lot of Las Vegas’ growth in the 1940s. And my first involvement in politics came when I was 11 years old, and a very good history teacher got us kids in school involved in the Eisenhower/Stevenson election in 1952. I was, at the time, living in a Repub family, and was therefore a Repub, which I remained for about 40 years (I left it with GHWB in 1991, a man I had done volunteer work for for several elections). Eisenhower also put “men” to work building the Interstate Highway system we have, and that also created companies and jobs. Unfortunately, under too many governments, now, we have not put enough money into the system to keep the infrastructure in good shape. I have no doubt that should money be put into the system, a lot of people who have no work now, men and women who just want a job, and not status, want to feed their families and own their homes, a lot of folks will arise that will start new construction companies, which will then need to buy equipment, and parts for that equipment, and the people who are getting paid to use that equipment will then have money to buy more groceries, clothes for their family, parts and fuel for their cars, which they will be able to buy, lawn mowers and tools for use around their properties, the occasional movie, furniture, school supplies, which are at present being supplied for students at others’ expense, and on and on and on. Making the rich richer is not going to have this trickle down effect, no matter what they say. Because most of them really don’t care about the people who have no status, or money, or whatever, to bribe them. They don’t want to know us. It seems to be rather like the caste system in India, if you aren’t high enough on their level, they are going to stick their noses in the air and walk right past you as if you don’t exist. I also don’t think my party is perfect, and I really don’t want a government that is as liberal as I am – the only reason I keep getting more liberal is I keep moving further to the left to keep the scale balanced as someone else moves further to the right. We do not at present live in a country where people work together, and it is a shame. We need less partisanship, and more comradeship (and I don’t mean that in a Communist way – I’m not a communist, even if I am a socialist on education and health care).