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Opening Arguments

Help, help, Obama*

The line forms on the left:

America's mayors are crying out for help from President-elect Barack Obama, seeking immediate relief from a national economic crisis that has slammed budgets in big cities, suburbs and small towns.

Responding to an informal survey by msnbc.com, many mayors called for a program in the style of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration to put people back to work and rebuild neglected roads, bridges and schools.

Sure, let's bring back all those FDR programs. That'll turn this recession into a depression the likes of which the country has never seen. Then we'll need a real jobs program to turn things around, i.e. a war even bigger than World War II.

*(Sing it in your head to the tune of "Help, Help Me, Rhonda.")