Thursday, February 16, 2012

Where's Harry?

"My conclusion: government can create jobs--it just doesn't often do it well."

Michael Grabell, "How Not to Revive an Economy," The New York Times, February 12, 2012.

As we take a look at Obama's 2013 budget proposal we should also take the time to review mistakes and successes from the first round of stimulus spending -- and hopefully make some corrections.

"Weatherization...was billed as low-hanging fruit of the clean-energy movement. But states are still sitting on roughly a billion dollars of unused grant money because of a tortured bureaucracy."

There's more money for subsidized employment like the TANF Emergency Fund, which tapped the creativity of states.

I wonder if we need our own modern-day Harry Hopkins -- to get things done faster and better

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