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FDR Tackled a Jobs Crisis By Putting Americans to Work — Not Handing Out Pinkslips

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FDR Tackled a Jobs Crisis By Putting Americans to Work — Not Handing Out Pinkslips

Post by Guest on Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:45 pm

“Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing great — greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our great natural resources.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933

The economic news of the past few weeks — highlighted by the debt ceiling debacle; the downgrade of US credit worthiness; the wild gyrations in the stock market and the wholly inadequate growth in the US job market in June and July — all seem to point to one thing: the economic crisis that began in 2008 is far from over.

Worse still, given the political gridlock in Washington and the inability and/or unwillingness of the leadership on both sides of the political aisle to face the real crisis we face today — the jobs crisis — the prospects for a meaningful recovery seem remote at best. Many economists predict that the US will slide back into a recession. This is bad news for the millions upon millions of Americans who are out of work; bad news as well for the millions of young people just entering the work force. For the first time since the Great Depression, we face the ugly prospect of the loss of skills that often comes with long term unemployment or the lack of meaningful career opportunities for our youth.
http://www.newdeal20.org/2011/08/15/fdr-tackled-a-jobs-crisis-by-putting-americans-to-work-not-handing-out-pinkslips-55060/

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Re: FDR Tackled a Jobs Crisis By Putting Americans to Work — Not Handing Out Pinkslips

Post by Jobless_in_Ma on Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:47 pm

I wish Obama had 1/2 the gonads that FDR had.

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Post by jmainframe on Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:59 pm

Jobless_in_Ma wrote:I wish Obama had 1/2 the gonads that FDR had.

Yeah, twice the gonads despite being severely crippled from polio! What a determined individual he was. He represented the can-do, nothing is impossible American spirit. Hopefully we (the American government in particular) can re-caputure that spirit before it is too late.

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Re: FDR Tackled a Jobs Crisis By Putting Americans to Work — Not Handing Out Pinkslips

Post by Guest on Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:37 pm

You know when I listen to my folks talk about those days, they were just in grade school, but they also make the distinction between what we now have as leadership in Washington, and what it was truly like to be an American in that time in history. I wonder is it just too hard for people to put forth that kind of effort to fix this mess, or is the money/greed just taken over everywhere?

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Re: FDR Tackled a Jobs Crisis By Putting Americans to Work — Not Handing Out Pinkslips

Post by TR11005 on Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:03 pm

Perhaps when Congress gets back to work. We could tell them that their jobs went to China. Put chains on the doors of the Capital and a foreclosure sign. Would that finally hit home.

Somehow they need to start job programs. The party of No needs to be run out of Washington DC.

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