[QUOTE=Trades;4232547]But like the article states the people that are out of work aren't qualified to do those jobs. How do you reconcile that with your point?[/QUOTE]
the article doesn't state that all the qualified bridge builders are employed. it says they are lower rates of employment, that's still not zero.
My support for bridges and roads isn't to solve the economic downturn. it's to build bridges and roads. economic arteries of the nation are used every day. private corporations and local cities cannot rebuild a bridge. It's a 9 figure investment hundreds of millions of dollars that's the federal gov't's domain, whether we like it or not.
the thread title says we cannot build or pave our way out of malaise and I agree. we can't tax cut or cut gov't services our way out of it either. eliminating the EPA or the dept of energy won't solve it.
there is no silver bullet for a major crisis the scale we saw in 2008. it will take 5-10 years to recover that's how it works for major downturns. Doesn't matter what the gov't does we won't solve it with policy.
but it is possible to build infrastructure that people will use for generations to come... like the hoover dam.