And who would pay the food/utility/rent bills for all those
thousands of immediately unemployed people, hmmm?
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I think the Marshall Plan was a tad more widespread than that.
"Even now a model for positive economic diplomacy, the Marshall Plan was a
rational effort by the United States aimed at reducing the hunger,
homelessness, sickness, unemployment, and political restlessness of the 270
million people in sixteen nations in West Europe. Marshall Plan funds were not
mainly directed toward feeding individuals or building individual houses,
schools, or factories, but at strengthening the economic superstructure
(particularly the iron-steel and power industries). The program cost the
American taxpayers $11,820,700,000 (plus $1,505,100,000 in loans that were
repaid) over four years and worked because it was aimed at aiding a
well-educated, industrialized people temporarily down but not out."
"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our
institutions, great is our sin." Charles Darwin
How you take money earmarked to reduce the above and give it to
industrialists was and still is beyond my comprehension. See my earlier
posts regarding corporate welfare.
If they gave the money more directly to the impoverished, starving
people at the bottom who have no "fat cat"/ government connections, the
economy would be more *naturally* kickstarted by their spending
activities. They have shown in several studies up here on our east
coast, where the cod stocks have "died", that they could give each
unemployed fisherman $40 000 a year free and clear and actually save
MANY millions of dollars of their job-creation money from going to the
government's corporate buddies.
Once all that money ($40K times thousands of out-of-work fishermen who
were industrious and will probably be again) starts getting spent, the
economy will kick in and take whatever new direction it must. They
don't need retraining in any factories that will probably be obsolete
shortly after they're built and which will certainly fold up their
tents and disappear as soon as the "job-creation", government funds run
Those "new jobs" in those "new factories" will be yet another corporate
scam because, if they were really viable businesses, they would have
been created by demand and by corporate ingenuity long before
government largesse gave them the incentive, all that welfare money.
Gerry < rant mode off >
On 14 Apr 2004 17:24:17 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self)
Curiously enough this is the only type of welfare program that has
*ever* been successful. Despite all the perceived unfairness and the
fat cats getting fatter it is only when the infrastructure is strong
that people have jobs. Obviously today's economy doesn't swing around
the steel and power industries (although they still are a lot more
important than many people think) but the basic industries that keep
providing the things people need are the things that make the economy
move. "Trickle down" may not work as well in practice as it does on
paper, but nothing else offers any hope of ever reducing the amount
the government pays out to prop up the economy.
email@example.com (Charlie Self) wrote in message
The question was who paid for the costs of unemployed german soldiers.
The answer I gave was we did (via the Marshall Plan). I did not say
that was ALL the Marshall Plan did. I didn't even intimate anything
negative about the Marshall Plan. It may have been the greatest thing
since sliced bread for all I know, but anyway you look at it, we
certainly paid the costs for those folks as there was no ability for
Germany to have done so for themselves.
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