Via Fired Up Missouri:
MARTIN: I live in South City, and you drive down on River Des Peres and you’ll see in the bricks the WPA symbol. And what we didn’t do — we took $1.2 trillion in the stimulus — we didn’t do shovel ready jobs.
JACO: Would you have been in favor of those kind of things — maybe a son of the WPA — to put people to work immediately on public-sector construction jobs.
MARTIN: Emphatically yes. I mean, emphatically yes. And I think places like Highway 21 in Jefferson County, they’re desperate to finish the roads. The federal government has a role to play, and I think you and I can talk about how big or small the role is. But public level infrastructure, I think we should have done that. We would have put, put people together. I mean, we built the Zoo, we built the memorials. We should have said — and even during the WPA, we sometimes said — if workers need 20 hours each to build a 40 hour because we have two men that need a job, in this case two men and women, we’ll split it up. You get 20 each. I’m emphatically for that.
That’s right. Ed Martin, the nuttiest of the wingnuts, believes that direct government stimulus spending is necessary to provide jobs for the unemployed. And as Sean points out, Martin ignores that hundreds of billions in federal dollars are going to just those sorts of infrastructure projects.
I’m anxiously awaiting fierce reprisals from his Tea Party brethren, but my guess is this is as good as I’m going to get. I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, of course.