Wednesday, November 10, 2021

“The Big Deal”

America in 1933 was a far different place than now. For starters it was much more rural, there were far fewer people and it was deep, deep into a depression. It was also the year I was born !

Of course I was unaware of it then, but it was a time of huge change in our country. FDR, (Dem.) was elected and he pushed 15 major bills through the Democratic-held Congress, among them being the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Public Works Administration (PWA), and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which were all designed to get people back to work by building federally funded infrastructure projects.

As one historian recently said, "Very few people today realize how close the country was on the verge of a second civil war or a revolution in 1933 before FDR took office”. Does this sound familiar? I fear that a “second civil war or a revolution” is on our doorstep right now. It's up to us to lock the door before they force themselves in !

President Biden is often ridiculed for his un-statesman like presence in front of a microphone, but we sure can't quibble with his accomplishments. When Congress reopens he will be signing a huge infrastructure package, and one (as he had hoped for) that enjoyed broad bipartisan support.

In the words of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, “Franklin Delano Roosevelt was known for passing the “The New Deal” and Theodore Roosevelt was known for “The Square Deal” but Biden’s agenda represents “The Big Deal”.


Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I didn't realize that about a civil war threat due to the depression but I do sense it now. Surely hope we can came together and that the new infrastructure programs will help.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

I think Pete is right!

5:18 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I hope the masses appreciate what he is accomplishing.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Joared said...

Yes, this country has coped with crises before. The years of which you speak I know from opinions expressed by anti-FDR folks who were die-hard members of the opposite political party that many continued to condemn him. I thought this difficult to understand as the years passed and many of these people benefited from the plans he promoted -- in fact, these same people would likely have been living in poverty in their old age, but they just didn't make the connection. We seem to have a large part of our population stuck in the same mindset now, willing to jettison our democratic republic, constitution and freedoms and those people don't even seem to realize what is at stake, or don't care. By the time they will realize what they have wrought it will be too late.

7:49 PM  

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