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Hundreds of ideas on how the executive branch can create jobs without Congressional action…..


byChris Bowers @Daily Kos…..


As the White House kicks off its national campaign to get Congress to pass modest job creation legislation, we are continuing our brainstorming sessionto develop a comprehensive list of ways the White House can create jobs and otherwise improve the national economy without any congressional action whatsoever. After all, even in the unlikely event that Congress passes meaningful legislation to create jobs, our economic crisis remains so acute that all available paths to recovery must be exhausted.So far, the Daily Kos community has submitted hundreds of ideas in the comments of our campaign kickoff post yesterday, and also through our online submission form. If you thought the executive branch had only limited options to improve the economy without Congress, you might change your mind after taking a look at what has been proposed.

Here is one idea:

Require all federal purchases down to pens and toilet seats be of products made in the USA by union labor.

There were a lot of variations on this call to buy American. Hiring American was one of them:

Any bases overseas… must have all services fulfilled by US personnel.

Another common plan was to end the wars, and then use the defense budget to spend more money in America:

Use the defense budget to pay for domestic transportation repairs, since the troops need highways and bridges.  How are we going to move equipment around the country to meet defense needs if our bridges are crumbling?

It can certainly be argued that or power grid is susceptible to attack.  Use the ample defense funds to upgrade our power grid with diversified solar and wind farms and a smart power distribution network.

There were also many proposals to use executive powers to expand investments into green jobs:

Use the EPA to crack down on CO2. That will get banks (sitting on $4 trillion in idle cash) to loan to utilities to invest in green jobs. Details.

Here is a particularly concrete example of what can be done to create green jobs:

Direct the federal power agencies, Bonneville and Tennessee Valley, to work with their electric utilities to develop a no-down-payment home weatherization and efficiency program with initial loan to be repaid on monthly utility bill.

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September 11, 2011 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | ,

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