Good piece in today’s WaPo on jobs ideas allegedly being considered by the White House, including:
–a wage subsidy (a tax credit to employers who add workers)
–FAST! (Fix America’s Schools Today—an infrastructure program touted on these very pages)
–an idea to move Fannie’s and Freddie’s foreclosed housing stock into the rental as opposed to the housing market—obviously less a direct job creator than a measure to avoid exacerbating the fall in home prices.
Are they politically viable? The knee-jerk answer is, of course, nothing’s viable these days. But there’s nothing particularly liberal or New Deal-y about these ideas…in normal times, they actually would appeal to at least moderates on the conservative side.
But these are not normal times. Still, a day we’re talking about jobs ideas is a good day. Especially compared to days obsessed with debt ceilings, deficits, spending cuts, and baselines.