Well, there are many reasons why there is not a new WPA, but I mentioned one of the main reasons in yesterday's blog post: Most rich people don't want one. When researchers conducted a survey, and put forth the proposition that "The federal government should provide jobs for everyone able and willing to work who cannot find a job in private employment," only 8% of the wealthy agreed (while 53% of the general public agreed). Read that proposition very carefully. What this indicates is that most wealthy people would rather lower-income Americans remain unemployed than participate in a public works program. That is astounding (and utterly cruel), and goes a long way towards explaining why there is not a new WPA, and why our infrastructure continues to crumble, especially in view of the fact that the wealthy are manipulating our government with ever-increasing campaign contributions.
The rich are not stupid. They realize that a public works program might require them to pay more in taxes, and they realize that a new WPA--i.e., a dramatic reduction in unemployment--would deprive the businesses they invest in of a pool of desperate and financially traumatized Americans who are willing to work for peanuts. They know that their investment income goes up when a certain percentage of American workers suffer. As U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren recently said, "I see evidence everywhere of the pounding working people are taking...Many feel that the game is rigged against them, and they are right. The game is rigged against them."