Yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a front page article on a South Korean who is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Jae “Jim” Park received one of South Korea’s highest honors for his work reclaiming polluted waterways in his home nation. An amazing and worthwhile endeavor on the part of Professor Park and the nation of South Korea.
But what was glossed over in the article was the fact that this project was a key economic stimulus factor for South Korea. This rapidly growing nation recognizes that economic recessions aren’t ‘cured’ via cutting government spending…recessions best respond to investments in key infrastructure improvements. I wish some people in Washington DC and Madison were paying attention!!
The project is part of South Korea’s “Green New Deal” policy to stimulate the economy after the 2008 worldwide financial crisis. The project aims to achieve national water security and flood control, while revitalizing the ecosystem.