President Reagan, answering a question at an interview Feb. 9:
"Some of the things that have been proposed are the type of jobs bills that we've used in the seven other recessions that took place after World War II and up until now. They were make-work job programs, they were temporary and they increased the deficit spending. They set back the economic recovery.
"And no one paid any attention to the people who lost jobs over here in the private sector as this money was moved over here to create jobs.
"We disagree with that. But what we do have in our budget already--and we are working together for a bipartisan approach to this--is that we are looking at all the agencies and departments of government that have already built into the budget programs of construction, of maintenance, of upkeep and so forth that they need--and with the idea of accelerating those and, wherever they have them scheduled, doing them now.
"But we also have in the budget, and we have passed, job training. And we have some approaches to working with the states in their own unemployment insurance to see if this cannot be utilized not just as insurance payments or benefit payments but utilized to further job training and even for relocation for people from where there are no jobs to other places where their skills might be desirable.
"All told, we've got $93 billion in the proposed budget for the needy and for the help to the unemployed. And we have a program that is several billion dollars already . . . . But it won't be make-work. It'll be legitimate work such as the highway program . . . .
"The one job-training program that we've gotten passed . . . is designed better than many of the previous programs . . . . We're going to direct that training in cooperation with local officials and business and industrial leaders in the communities to train people for those jobs that are vacant there in that area . . . . "