1. THOUGHTS ON REBUILDING. Better to wait and do it right? BETTER TO REBUILD SYSTEMS AS BEST YOU CAN & PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK NOW AS WE END THE RECESSION . SIMULTANEOUSLY PLAN FOR A FUTURE WITH INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS. We don’t have a lifetime to squander.
2. Mitigate and adapt to climate change. With acceptance comes the realization that rebuilding will need a change of codes to accommodate the new normal. SINCE , the task is enormous there should be work for everyone . (The sooner, the better)
3. Paul Krugman NYTIMES 12/7/12. The forgotten millions. Long term unemployment remains at levels not seen since the Great Depression. SO YOU MAY ASK, WHY AREN’T WE HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED? ” To paraphrase Paul Krugman , it’s about class. Influential people in Washington aren’t worried about losing their jobs, they might not know anyone unemployed! Since the unemployed can’t afford to hire lobbyists on their behalf, the problem doesn’t loom large in their minds. This is a tragedy for America and a vast OUTRAGE.” JOBS NOW!
4. Sandy was the Perfect Storm in many ways. Now is the time to confront our lack of preparedness and learn to live with Nature. While many are still without power and homes and commercial space, it’s time to supplement existing work crews and use and train available labor to speed the rebuilding process. This should be a time for learning and community planning. Involvement on the issues. A second round of stimulus should be considered along with increases in revenue.