Slate's Charles Peters and Timothy Noah scoff at Obama's goal of creating four million new jobs in two years, reminding us how FDR did it in two months:
The only serious obstacle the CWA encountered is the same one that President Obama would face today: politics.
Let's hope that the current economic crisis won't worsen to the point that the U.S. needs a government program on that scale. But if it does, please don't say the job can't be done. In his inaugural address, President Obama said, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small but whether it works." That may presage a departure from Republican orthodoxy ("government is the problem") and Democratic surrender to it ("the era of big government is over"). If government can do the job best, let it.