Now that the stimulus package is reality, the big question is, what�s next?�Will this program be truly successful, will it put people to work on worthy projects or will it bog down in bureaucracy and be driven by a multitude of negative forces coming from politicians, lobbyists, special interests, trade associations, government at various levels and so on?�It is critical that stimulus projects be in the best interests of the country and aligned with the objectives of the program. Our history provides guidelines.
Lessons can be learned, both positive and negative, from the Works Projects Administration (WPA) that existed from 1935 to 1943 and was headed by Harry Hopkins. His focus and strong will made the WPA highly successful. Many of those projects still stand today such as Logan Airport and Camp David. Hopkins and the WPA put together almost 1.5 million projects and created jobs for 8.5 million people.