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to park cash has affected every economy in the world, severely stretching all classes and STARVING the people at the economic ladder's bottom, the undeveloped world's peasantry, who do the grunt labor of the world for $2 a day. It's fine to tweak the American economy from the inside of America, but we must also extend some vision and stimulus to the rest of the world, and aim it towards the very bottom. I am not thinking this stimulation at the roots of the economic beanstalk we've grown need take the form of a flood of money (Our current aid packages--So tied up with payback-and-blowback-strings-attached, it's hardly a handout!--serve America far more than the undeveloped countries). Money aid gets stuck in the pockets of the corrupt elites in every country. Instead, I foresee a program of global/American service to the hungriest people in the world, at its grassroots. An enormous cadre of recent college graduates, seniors and out-of-work former middle class Americans could be hired by an Obama Administration to offer technical assistance, education, language acquisition, job-training, computer skills, engineering skills, all over the world. Their stipends would not be large but the blowback from the bottom of the world would be gratitude and growth instead of social injustice and terrorism. I think it would be worth considering. As a swimmer needs, usually, both arms moving in synch to move across the English Channel, stimulating the inside and the outside of America would more surely and safely lead to progress in this very stormy economic sea. One proviso: these global servants would not be solving local problems "our way"; they would be sharing their expertise to help these poverty-filled countries solve their problems "their way." That's the 21st century style.
That same Interview underscores that, in the main, his policies (pre-economic meltdown) have not changed that much because of it. He's still promising to cut taxes for 95% of the population, an economic stimulus. He's still going to get taxcuts for the rich back to 1990 standards, this year or next. His push to retool American Energy use will create jobs and new business. His push to improve infrastructure in America could become the new WPA. He fully intends to honor his commitment to rebuild the middle class (and facilitate stimulus for people in poverty). So the man is right in the trenches with us. GOBAMA! Gracias, ObamaDoug
Isn't this thread supposed to be about housing and the economy? But, regardless of thread topic, Warren and Pot get into it on every thread because there's no thread for Pot or for GLBT Issues to comment on. Your idea is better by far and I can't see why it isn't done this way.
My cousins and I are building a thread about each of our parents and grandparents, sharing stories, in the Inbox of Facebook. Each of us has entry to each thread as it's set up, so we can all post away and get notified when there a new post from the cousins, so I know it's available technology.