Ask Congress and the President to create a new WPA & CCC for the long-term unemployed

Ask Congress and the President to create a new WPA & CCC for the long-term unemployed

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      B M

      Arnold, MD

There are about 6 million people classified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the long-term unemployed, and another million classified as "discouraged workers."  (See http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm).  And, of course, the larger unemployment and under-employment problem is even more immense, with somewhere between 14 and 25 million people without full-time jobs (depending on which measurements are used).

We at WPA Today (www.wpatoday.org) believe there is a better way to help the long-term unemployed. Instead of calling them "lazy," or cutting off their unemployment benefits after some arbitrary time period, or waiting for the private sector to rescue them at some unknown future time, or simply ignoring them as if they are no longer valuable to the country, we believe that a nationwide public works program is needed. We believe that such a program would give the long-term unemployed hope, would help preserve our country's environment and heritage, would enhance our nation's infrastructure, and would be beneficial to the private sector (see our website for more details).

If you agree that there is a better way to help our fellow Americans, who have been unemployed for 6 months, a year, or more, then please sign our petition.

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    • Ed Barcas III WESTMINSTER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      This has become a joke. Most other countries continue to help unemployed citizens until they get back to work. This country shuts off the support for millions of us and then do nothing to fix the problem. Get more unemployment extensions and get us a MASSIVE job programs!

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    • Dorothy Morrison ALAMEDA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you for starting this. It's what I have been hoping to see for a long time.

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    • David Finney FLORAL CITY, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      All americans that are unemployed want jobs now not later.

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    • Judith Johncox COVE, AR
      • over 3 years ago

      We need to improve so much that has not been done or things that have not been kept in repair. This and the CCC are the perfect solution. Youth can be taught the work ethic and perhaps a trade. The unemployed but experienced workers could be mentors to those just learning. There are thousands of beautiful examples of work done by these programs in the 1930's. If you see beautiful stone and rock work ,roads etc in our National parks, dams, buildings etc. Today with the decay of so many towns and cities even demolition and removal work could be really of benefit.The people have elected all those in Washington to serve the people..so do it. These projects serve all of the people. Levee's, bridges, roads, etc. Make them modern and make them good. See how Holland does levee's that is a good start.

      Thank you. Judith Johncox

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    • diane offineer CANONCITY, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      Here in Colorado, even though many private companies have concessions, they do nothing for the trails or older facilities that lie in the national forests. Even our sidewalks were WPA and have lasted, but now our city won't replace them. We have a town of disabled and retirees who would walk but for fear of falling down. No bike paths at all that can take those same people out to where the human services. I am 53, and even so I have a strong back and could work on such projects.

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