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  •  There are several comprehensive histories ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...  of the New Deal, all of which will document that while FERA was authorized in 1933, no multiple year direct federal employment started until 1935. The first couple of years were the 30's version of "shovel ready"  - literally: projects such as park trails, levees, road improvements, etc. that could start up and finish before the end of the calendar year, with no guarantee of re-employment the next year. There was a fear that "natural employment" by the Private Sector would be unduly disrupted by a long term direct government employment program. This even after nearly 4 years of "Prosperity is just around the corner." GOP obstruction is certainly not original in this regard.

    The one I read most recently is The Coming of the New Deal, 1933-1935, by Arthur Schlesinger.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass

    by Egalitare on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 03:58:12 PM PDT

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