In recent weeks we have seen signs of economic recovery. At the same time, we heard that the rate of unemployment will remain high for a considerable period of time. Economic prob lems will persist for many Amer - ican families while Wall Street recovers our wealthy continue to call for tax cuts, and congress debates the necessity of health care reform.
Recovery cannot be complete without job recovery. There is no need to worry excessively about deficits and the specter of inflation while many citizens and residents are near destitution. Unemployment Insurance is a help and yet benefits are not forever and the compensation hardly sufficient.
Many European countries have de - cided to subsidize private employers that do not dismiss employees and have them share the amount of hours worked without drastic cuts in remuneration. It may be time for our na - tion to consider such a policy.
When you drive across this nation much of our infrastructure was built during the Great Depression of 1929- 1941. Schools were built. Libraries were built. Brooklyn College was built, as was the Triborough Bridge, the Outer Drive in Chicago, the Uni - versity of Texas library, and the Oak - land Bridge in California. These projects were job makers.
Today, this na tion needs to repair our infrastructure.
It is critical that we spend the funds so that American families recover the pride of earning a decent wage and our nation will have the in frastruc - ture that will be worthy of pride for future generations.
JOHN PAUL CULOTTA