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The state of American infrastructure pre-1935.

New Deal road projects put Americans to work.

New Deal roads helped businesses connect with customers.

WPA disaster relief restored transportation networks.

A WPA-built bridge.

Airports built by the WPA advanced the age of commercial aviation.

WPA trainees helped America win World War II.

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Republicans are Desperate to Kill the New Deal in 2012

July 27, 2012

Tags: New Deal, 1936, 1936 and 2012, FDR, Franklin Roosevelt, Republicans, Liberty League, attacking New Deal, Sheldon Adelson, Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, Super PACs

Itís 1936 all over again for the Republicans.

By the last year of President Franklin Rooseveltís first term, the party of business had seen the shape of the New Deal, and it was terrified. Tough new banking regulations were in force. Taxes on employers would help fund the new government-run retirement system for all workers, and some people would even get money when they couldnít work. The government was paying a vast army of the unemployed to build roads and bridges, which was bad enough, but artists and actors and writers were also getting paychecks to do whatever it was they did, and all on borrowed money. Collective bargaining and wage-and-hour laws meant labor was a rising force. Factories couldnít even hire children any more.

The Supreme Court had done the best it could, striking down incursions into central planning. It might yet strike down the Social Security Act. But the New Deal government was set on reshaping and improving life for the majority, and the people in the board rooms didnít like it. The taps of wealth opened to deny FDR a second term.

The rich manís anti-New Deal coalition called itself the Liberty League. It formed in 1934 with du Pont gunpowder and the Morgan banking money behind it. The league foreshadowed Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers and Karl Rove ďSuper PACS.Ē (more…)

WPA to the Rescue!

April 9, 2012

Tags: WPA, outhouse, rescue, New Deal

This story arrived by email over the weekend. It's another example of the WPA's extraordinary work in rescuing America, and Americans, during the Great Depression of the 1930s. I'm posting it with the writer's permission.

Dear Nick,

I'm glad you have written about the WPA.

I wanted to tell you my story because if it wasn't for the WPA, I would not be alive today. (more…)

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