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February 15, 2009

Repair aging water systems

I have been reading about the drinking water system problems in this country. It seems that most city water systems are old and decrepit. Also, it would take an estimated $380 billion to fix them.

Why don’t we put the stimulus money to work correcting this problem? This would take care of a vital system and create instant jobs all over the country.

David Napoli
Kansas City



First of all, there isn't a "Nation's water delivery system". There is a great big bunch of local systems. The age and state of repair of these systems vary but, in general, the state of repair of the various systems is very good. There is greater trouble with the quality and quantity of the water sources. There are doubtless many system improvements that could be made, and any that could be done this year would be good "stimulus". There are thousands of people across the Country who are dedicated to keeping these systems in top shape. My remarks were somewhat tongue in cheek. Mr. Reich made a classic Freudian slip.


"But projects such as repairing water systems give jobs and work to skilled white construction workers"

Well okay then. Let's just let the nation's water delivery system go to hell.


But projects such as repairing water systems give jobs and work to skilled white construction workers. Robert Reich has assured us that this is not the objective of the stimulus. As to the difference between jobs and work, Jobs were provided under the PWA. Work was provided under WPA. Under WPA essentially you showed up and they paid you. Neither was effective as a stimulus..

Stifled Freedom

Naaaah. Lets spend more money we dont have raiding massage parlors and incarcurating people without trial or bond.


According to RNC Chariman Michael Steele, that would create 'work' -- not jobs. The type of project you suggest, Mr. Napoli, is the type of thing Obama has been promoting, and for some reason that defies logic, the Republicans don't understand the short- and longterm benefits of such spending.

Write your congressional reps.

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