Thirty million to 40 million Americans with jobs would gladly move up to a better job, opening places for those not working and underskilled, forcing employers to pay more and train them if need be. The United States needs more jobs building broadband for all, commuter rail, modern airports, a modernized electrical grid and streets without potholes; and we need faster development of renewable energy sources, better care for our elderly, better health care, better schools — the list goes on. Mr. Summers should be laying out options for government assistance in financing such improvements. He doesn’t have to make the argument that full employment is unaffordable and inflationary. Republicans have been making it forever, and they are wrong.
Paul A. London, Washington
The writer was deputy undersecretary of commerce for economics and statistics.