Thanks to the Herald for publishing a recent report from The Associated Press under the headline, "Recovery weakest since WW II."
The report states that back in the years of the Great Depression, it took the ultimate government stimulus, the outbreak of World War II, to restore the economy and the job market. Fortunately for us, as weak as this recovery has been, it is nothing like what had to be done back then to restore the economy.
We must choose wisely when it comes to establishing the best response to the current conditions. This election time is our opportunity to take responsibility for selecting the right pathway out of this hole.
Because interest rates cannot get low enough to attract the consumer or the business investor given the lack of consumer confidence, monetary policy has essentially run out of ways to help.
Job creation could start by restoring the 642,000 jobs slashed from the public sector.
Those who advocate in favor of making a priority of reducing the public debt as a solution are simply digging us into an ever expanding hole.
A divided Congress has virtually eliminated the ability of the federal government to help restore our economy by underwriting needed public spending programs. This must change.
Remember to urge better regulation of the the financial markets.
KATHY UTZ, Richland