Life in the USA in the 1930’s depression. My parents lived thru it with 3 children. Families received little or no government assistance, unless you were fortunate to get on with the CCC or WPA which did not take affect until the mid 1930’s. These programs were sort of a work-fare situation where folks were paid to construct government projects, such as parks, dams, bridges, power plants and utilities installations (water/sewer lines in cities where they did not exist).
Dad told about driving a A-Model with tires so bad they used rags mud and weeds to keep them up because they would not hold air. He said they were fortunate to find any road kill because if a driver hit an animal and it was killed, the driver would stop and get it to cook and eat.
Men left their families, similar to the soldier , to find work at a CCC or WPA camp. There they were housed in barracks and fed in communal mess halls.
Those days will never happen again, because we as a nation have already given too much without any return to the able bodied citizens. It would be a great boon to our country if able bodied folk on government assistance would give a few hours a week back to the government. (NOTE: I SAID ABLE BODIED).
In the CCC.. The Youth’s pay of $30 a month, $25 went to their parents Implicitly, the CCC also led to a greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation's natural resources; and the continued need for a carefully planned, comprehensive national program for the protection and development of natural resources
During the time of the CCC, volunteers planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide and upgraded most state parks, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas
Lots of jokes were told about WPA projects. I remember my daddy talking about a man complaining to the boss that he didn’t have a shovel to ‘lean on’.
The Blue ridge Parkway benefited from CCC/WPA work. According to a Robert Novak , the stone work was completed during the Great Depression under the Works Progress Administration (WPA). According to Wikipedia, WPA projects included the construction of 650,000 miles of roads, 78,000 bridges, 125,000 buildings, and 700 miles of airport runways, as well as other projects.
(Sign above illustrates a Gov’t Problem)
If someone had the ability to sell this type of project today, the country would benefit from some government money spent , instead of feeding it to Corporations that are to big to fail, or able bodied folk who want a handout.
Just my opinion.
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