We Can Be Great Again

The Great Recession is not over. Oh everyone says it is. But how many of you know someone out of work? My daughter was out of work for almost a year. And a good friend lost her job a couple of weeks ago. They are both good employees caught in a corporate squeeze. As long as we know people who are hurting financially, I say the Great Recession is still here. 

What Jobs Created This? Credit: Harry Herzog, Public Domain

What Jobs Created This? Credit: Harry Herzog, Public Domain

What WPA Jobs Are These? Credit: Dorothy Waugh Public Domain

What WPA Jobs Are These?
Credit: Dorothy Waugh Public Domain

I don’t care what the economists say. I understand how they determine the decline of a recession. But that is not my world. It is not the world of these two women. And it is not the world of hundreds of thousands of others.

What Jobs Created This?Credit: Dorothy Waugh, Public Domain

What Jobs Created This?Credit: Dorothy Waugh, Public Domain

A brilliant man decided to end the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt knew the way out was for people to have jobs, so he created the WPA (Works Progress Administration). He put 3 million people to work. They built highways that have lasted 85 years, beautiful parks that we no longer keep up and soaring bridges. They built schools, hospitals and airports and more. He even set up jobs for creative professionals such as artists painting murals, literary publications, plays and these posters shown here.

What WPA Jobs Are These? Credit: Jack Rivolta, Public Domain

What WPA Jobs Are These?
Credit: Jack Rivolta, Public Domain

Our infrastructure is raggedy and falling apart, because some of it is over a hundred years old (such as water pipes). We need the jobs that President Roosevelt gave people. So let’s ask President Obama to implement the second WPA.

What do you think?

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