Congress powerless on joblessness?

jobhuntAs President Obama and Congress consider ways to counter unemployment — without using the maligned word “stimulus” — New York Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman suggests a “small-scale version of the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration,” more aid to states, and tax credits to encourage businesses to hire. About the last idea, Krugman said on “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on ABC: “Germans have had as deep a recession as we have had, but with hardly any increase in unemployment. And that suggests that, yes, providing some financial incentives to keep workers on, to add more workers for those companies that are expanding, would work.”