The New Deal Jobs Myth

Democratic presidential candidates are invoking the New Deal as a model for addressing infrastructure, economic, and employment problems in the United States. But is a public-sector job really as good as a job created in the private sector? Advocates for new federal government spending on highways, buildings, and roads should carefully weigh the need against the damage that comes from projects and jobs created for political reasons. The New Deal edifice may look solid, but it does not form a good basis for the American future.

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