Done right (one of my fav sayings) great Public Works can work miracles.
The Result of the WPA (Water Project for America)
The Mississippi Flood of 2020 (and most other U.S. floods) became the End of Drought. The solar and wind energy industry joined the oil companies as Majors. American technology took another great leap. Agricultural subsidy took on an entirely new meaning. Millions of Americans became owners of a dependable money machine. Dying aquifers began refilling. The Presidency regained some of its luster. And the rest of the world began to emulate a plan that worked.
Ok, it's just fiction, but plausible fiction. This is how America used to solve huge problems - like building the Interstate Highway System, or laying railway track over field and mountains.
There is a huge difference between "Make Work" and "Public Works." The New WPA in this short story has bene…