I WISH I could agree, but its really a ‘Pelosi’ arguement, she too has stated the more on welfare the better off we are as a nation. In fact the govt has upped the cash and benefits to the point you make more on welfare than working…about $30 per hour on welfare vs $25 per hr working.
Does this work? Well yes it does, but then so do the ocean level rise when I walked out in front of my house and take a pizz in the ocean…except no one in Japan is yelling where are the life vests.
You CANNOT feed the economy from the bottom up, in fact its impossible. In your example, which by the way is valid except that its not a parallel to our situation. Rome RAISED the level of the economy, meaning the state of the economy was below where they were at. Another example is the public works in the depression era, which lasted from 1929 - 1942. All the money the govt pumped into the economy did not raise it…perhaps in localized areas, sure, but infrastructure is a POOR way to make things happen in a modern society. Rome took hundreds of years to build, but with a Cat D9 I do the work of a 1000 Romans and when the work is done, what happens to the people that were employed??? They get laid off and things get worse in fact. Now you have laid off workers with good roads and damns.
The way you feed a society is “trickle down” and its the only that that works. Economy works based upon what is known as the “multiplier effect” of money that circulates. When I give a family $30,000 dollars they use 100% of the money to provide for the family and they spend at the very bottom of the food chain. Money goes for food, clothing and shelter. There is very little if any left. Feed the economy and society at that level and you will have a society that ONLY has the very basics of living.
Now feed it at the top and insure your regulations force the money to be invested and spent in the economy. Lets look at an example:
I go buy a Harley. It is STRICTLY a sunny, blue sky weekend toy. Cost is about $17,000 and I put about $55,000 into it. This is a $72,000 investment. HD employes people to build the Harley, I paid $1200 to have guy paint my tank, I put 80 spoke stainless wire wheels on it, SS engine, Python Headers, new saddle seat and I can go on and on. All this creates jobs, they take my money and they spend it and it continues to trickle down creating enormous economic activity thru jobs.
People at the bottom do not generate anything but “needs” buying and will NEVER rise above the squalor of govt housing, food stamps and free living cradle to grave. Their ONLY escape is drugs and alcohol. You can never rise as long as bread and circuses are given to you, which is what the Romans did and it collapsed the greatest empire the world has ever known…and Italy has NEVER recovered from it…