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Was it New Deal programs or WWII that put this country back on track? The U.S. recovery wasn't as strong or continuous before World War II, but the war did two things: It massively increased government spending and it took millions of men out of the employement market. So, you might say it was the STIMULUS spending of WWII that put the U.S. on track toward longterm prosperity. The G.I. Bill, which today's conservatives would oppose as welfare rather than thanks from a grateful nation, subsequently created the great American middle class.
However, the pre-war spending for infrastructure and in other areas, DID provide jobs for my grandfather and millions of other people across the country when there absolutely were no job. My family has lived in Nebraska since the early 1870s, and never asked for anything other than an opportunity to work hard. Those New Deal jobs building bridges and roads, etc., helped my grandfather feed my father and his siblings, and I am grateful for that.