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December 31st, 2008
Profiles from the Recession
[VIDEO] The Big Fix

The proposals are coming fast and furious from Washington: fix the economy and generate jobs by repairing and rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

In a Blueprint America special, David Brancaccio (NOW on PBS) interviews Nobel Laureate and The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed stimulus package — how government spending on infrastructure projects will impact America’s economy in these hard times.

The hour examines what policy makers and politicians in Washington, including incoming President-elect Barack Obama, mean when they say that rebuilding our crumbling highways and bridges, leaky water systems and other vital lifelines stimulates the economy and generates jobs. Will fixing our infrastructure save the economy? The Big Fix explores this very subject through a series of reports from NOW on PBS, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and New York Voices.

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