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Continuing the brilliant bottom-up strategy of the Obama-Biden campaign is essential to national economic revitalization "block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand."

Congress should encourage regional and local economic recovery processes by providing funding for design of short-term solutions by regional leaders and citizens in the stimulus package. (Regions would be single "greater" cities, counties, or multi-county areas, depending on demographics and established patterns of cooperation.)

The process for designing regional/local recovery solutions would include:

* A regional economic recovery summit: Participatory workshops and working conferences bringing regional and commmunity leaders and financial people together to design solutions, with support and highly skilled facilitation;

* Continuity: Setting up continuing task groups to follow through on economic and social recovery solutions;

* Expertise: Authorities on conventional and proven alternative strategies for financing regional sustainable development;

* Web-based interaction: Use of online tools for collaborative innovation, knowledge management and access to regional and local solutions.

An important result of these processes would be input to Congress and the White House, defining on-the-ground priorities for economic and social recovery and the types of grassroots innovation that can be shared across the country.

Ernest Lowe

<a href="http://www.indigodev.com">Indigo Development</a><br />S, CA

Nov 29 2008 - 2:23pm

Web Letter

Mr. McKinlay has had some good excellent suggestions for a national health plan as a stimulus. Medicaid might also be an avenue for such a plan. As to keeping jobs and industries in the US, tariffs are designed for that purpose. While they may provide some revenue, the main purpose of tariffs is to develop industries and jobs within a country. There is no broad development within a country without tariffs. There are no lower-middle-class workers as consumers without tariffs. There is no growing internal market without tariffs.

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Nov 28 2008 - 1:33pm

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How about saving existing jobs? The loan to Detroit automakers is a step in the right direction, but much more is needed.

We can do this with "Medicare for All" a k a single-payer. Medicare for All would help re-capitalize business (especially manufacturing), school districts, state and local government, individual payers and the under and uninsured. The states would use any excess of savings for unemployment and pension funds. Overall, this could save hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs, while putting money quickly and directly into the system in the most efficient, fairest way: taking care of people's medical bills.

Saving jobs is far quicker and less expensive than trying to create new jobs.

Michael McKinlay

Hercules, CA

Nov 27 2008 - 11:15am