Originally Posted December 29, 2010
Works Progress Administration: Millions of Jobs
“The Works Progress Administration
(renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration
was the largest New Deal agency
, employing millions to carry out public
projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy
projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing. Almost every community in the United States
had a park, bridge
or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western
populations. Expenditures from 1936 to 1939 totaled nearly $7 billion.
By 1943, the total amount spent was over 11 billion.
Created by order
of President FranklinDelano Roosevelt
, the WPA was funded
with passage of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935
on April 8, 1935. The legislation had passed in the House of Representatives
by a margin of 329 to 78, but was delayed by the Senate
The WPA continued and extended relief programs similar to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation
(RFC), which was established by Congress in 1932 during the administration of Roosevelt’s predecessor Herbert Hoover
. Headed by Harry Hopkins
, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States
. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight
Until ended by Congress and war employment during 1943, the WPA was the largest employer in the country. Most people who needed a job were eligible for at least some of its jobs.
Hourly wages were the prevailing wages in each area;the rules said workers could not work more than 30 hours a week, but many projects included months in the field, with workers eating and sleeping on
worksites. Before 1940, there was some training involved to teach new skills
and the project’s original legislation had a strong emphasis on training.” [Source: Wikipedia]
Mr. President: I am simple senior citizen. I know you are having a hard time trying to solve our problems with a major focus on jobs. The WPA was before my time, but, I have read about it on the INTERNET. It was a large program created by the President at the time through EXECUTIVE ORDER
. You have that power…to create a NEW WPA and create millions of jobs in this country to finally do something about the infrastructure and to give the nation a re-birth. It would be very complicated to do it now, I suppose. And, growing the government like this would be fought by republicans. Perhaps something like the WPA is doable. Please take a moment to view my video
. I am just frustrated when I see the daily reports on unemployment and the economy. I just know that through the WPA people who wanted a job had a job. I am sure you will have some grand design in your next State of the Union address. I look forward to that. God bless you and God bless America!
THE HUFFINGTON POST
Editor-at-large, HuffPost Gay Voices; SiriusXM radio host
If the answer to that question is no, then they’d better start speaking up loudly and clearly. Because over the past few weeks, evangelical pastors have made headlines urging parents to beat boys who seem gay, calling for gays and lesbians and “queers” to be put inside an electrified pen and left to die, and urging the government to begin killing gays.
These declarations have been backed up by these pastors’ followers, who’ve organized protests to support them and who’ve gone on national televisionto defend them (as have the pastors themselves), a proud hate movement going public. They’re being whipped into a frenzy against President Obama’s coming out for marriage equality and they’re emboldened by the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina. They’ve been met withoutrage and protest from LGBT people and pro-gay supporters, and from the many mostly non-evangelical Christian leaders who support LGBT rights.
THE FIRST FAMILY
“Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power, Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name.'”
As a Democrat I see things through liberal eyes, of course. I call recent events in the news and see that there is a vast right-wing conspiracy to deliver this country “Top 1%”, a/k/a “the job creators, a/k/a the rich. Off the top of my head I recall these sins of the Republican Party:
Voter Suppression to keep minorities from voting
Roll-back of women’s rights
Accepts “big money” agreeing to be influenced by the TOP 1%
Attempts to take Medicaid benefits from the poor
Attempts to take Medicare benefits from the elderly
Attempts to cut federal subsidies to doctors of Medicare patients
Decades of gridlock in Congress
Called the President a “liar” during his State of the Union
Refusal to negotiate with the Democrats
Attempts to purge minorities and the elderly from voting rolls
Refusal to create jobs to replace those they sent overseas for cheap labor
Of course, an exhaustive list of the ways the Republican Party is changing our country into an oligarchy would go on for pages and pages. They are boldly doing it in the daylight of political debate and voting in legislative bodies. We are an exceptional, educated nation. We see the writing on the wall but should not be discouraged. Instead we should name which Republican leaders are running for re-election in November. Make a list of those legislators who cling to the Tea Party. If you are a blue Republican, name Republican incumbents who put the prosperity of the very rich over the needs of the people. All of you, go to political rallies and ask candidates bold questions which touch on your welfare. Seek opportunities to discuss your discontent with the press and to appear on television. This is for everyone. We are in a contest of good versus evil. The “good” are the “99%” made up of the poor, the middle-class and the moderately successful who cannot stomach the Republican Party. Money is the oil which lubricates the political machine, thanks to Citizen’s United vs the FEC. [Advocate for repeal of this decision.] Make donations to candidates for election and re-election who advocate for “the good.” Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 demonstrates that small donations can be powerful. Contribute to those candidates who are not tainted: $3. $5. $11. %25. While we cannot hope to raise billions of dollars, we can effectively mount a campaign to defeat politicians on the dark side. We have five months to fight for a future which brings us “life, liberty and the pursuit of prosperity.” The ball is in your court!