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Where the jobs are 

Republican congressmen keep trying to give more tax money to people they call "job creators," though the only jobs those people have been creating are overseas, at coolie wages.

American working men and women have a better idea of what America needs. Some of them will gather at 4 p.m. Thursday, at the Mississippi Street exit on I-630, to explain.

According to the Arkansas State AFL-CIO, the overpass here is one of 930 spans in Arkansas, and one of 146,000 in the U.S., that are considered functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Repair of this substandard infrastructure would not only make the highway system safer and more efficient, it would provide work for millions. Big-time job creation, indeed. Yet congressional Republicans, cold-hearted and totally partisan, block President Obama's legislation that would let the work proceed. They are entirely willing to keep Americans out of jobs if they can put Obama out of office. Brought up in the comparatively genteel world of Chicago politics, Obama is no match for these savages.

Writing in Harper's magazine, Thomas Frank makes a case that Harry Hopkins, the do-gooding superbureaucrat of the Franklin Roosevelt era, was the greatest job creator in American history. The Works Progress Administration (WPA), a public works program that Hopkins ran from 1935 to 1938, created about 3 million jobs a year. Another New Deal program, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), employed another 3 million young men, building parks and planting trees, from 1933 to 1942. Work that the WPA and the CCC did can still be seen in Arkansas, three-quarters of a century later. Would that we could see workers too.

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