Back in the 1930’s when the United States was mired in The Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt unleashed several plans that were designed to get America moving again. He shipped people in the city out to the country and gave them jobs planting trees. He had people move to Tennessee and built what’s now known as the Tennessee Valley Authority. He had workers with no previous experience rebuilding roads, fixing bridges, resurfacing airport runways. Basically, he paid people to go back to work. Now, I’m not going to say that these projects were the reason the US got out of the The Great Depression, there was a little thing called World War II that helped bring that about. But it was a start. It was a move in the right direction.
Remember…back then, there was no unemployment insurance. There was no welfare. If you didn’t go out and find a job somewhere, you couldn’t pay your bills and you went hungry. Your family could get thrown out into the street. People would stand in line for hours waiting for the opportunity to have a job.
Oh, how times have changed!
If you think back to the Clinton administration, one of the things I think Bill Clinton should have been widely applauded for was his overhaul of the welfare system in this country. And it began by making people work for the money they could get.
Today, Donald Trump is taking a page out FDR and Clinton’s playbook. His new budget that went to Congress calls for all able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 65 to work at least 20 hours a week, be in a job training program, or take part in a community service project that would allow them to get welfare.
Of course, today’s Democrats’ and howling that isn’t fair.
Yet, it was quite fair under Bill Clinton, and it was even applauded under FDR. So what has changed? Well, for starters we are dealing with an extreme left-wing in the Democrat party that thinks everybody should be able to sit on their ever-growing butts and not have to work in order to get a paycheck. This is the era where we should qualify for free healthcare, free college tuition, free student loans for those that already have them, free food, free housing, and a universal living wage for changing oxygen into carbon dioxide. Of course, no one from the Democrats’ side has a clue who is going to pay for all of this or even how much it would cost.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, herself an econ major, wants to spend more money than there is in the entire world in order to fight a bogus “climate change” situation, and to expand her liberal agenda. She has no idea who’s going to pay for it…she doesn’t answer that question, shrugging it off as a non-issue. The problem is, somebody HAS to pay for it sometime; which is exactly why liberalism never works. It always runs out of other people’s money to spend.
So, is it a bad thing to ask the able-bodied folks on welfare to work? I wouldn’t think so, but you’d never have the same type of work ethic today that you had back in the 1940’s. Unions would go ape-crazy if you tried to take over their road building jobs. They’d go crazy if a bunch of non-union people showed up at an airport somewhere to rebuild a runway. And I’m sure there are tree-huggers somewhere out there that would chain themselves to a bulldozer to protest the planting of trees by urbanites that frankly have no business helping firms like Weyerhaeuser build back the forests they’ve chopped down!
This is the dichotomy we live in today. What worked and was applauded in the past is viewed with disdain and hatred…not because the idea is bad, but because of who came up with the idea this time around. Had Bobo Obama come up with this idea instead of spending $980 billion on one shovel-ready job, he would have roundly been declared “King For Life”. But because the guys’ name is Trump, the idea sucks.
No…the idea doesn’t suck. Put these people to work!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!