I understand if you don't want to read an article that both starts and ends with Coldplay quotes, but there is one interesting nugget in this NYT piece by Roger Cohen: a call to support a bank that aims "to use public and private capital to give coherence to a vast program of public works".
Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Pinky? If we're going to resurrect the W.P.A., shouldn't it be to support renewable energy research? Infrastructure + jobs + the industry of the future = happy Estadounidenses.
And despite the fact that I know it's a copout: if you want us to go into public service, Real Grownups, how about you stop saddling us with terrifying amounts of college loans? Debt isn't really a great motivator to dedicate one's life to low-paying but good-feeling jobs.
Couldn't help myself.