Our country needs a lot of work to repair the system. Fortunately, we have the human resources readily available to help us build a new pathway for the future. Now, we need to allocate financial resources into the appropriate direction. In so doing, we will create many meaningful opportunities to improve the country. One billion spent on building infrastructure in America will translate into 40,000 new jobs. That's less money than is spent weekly on the war in Iraq! *
A national database of available jobs can be established that legal citizens can access online. Employees can use their last names and the last four digits of their social security numbers to respond to the job offers. This same information can be used to verify their identities when they arrive at the job sites. This will avoid overbooking potential employees. A similar system is already being used to dispatch substitute teachers in certain school districts around the country (www.substituteonline.com).