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Was it New Deal programs or WWII that put this country back on track?

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posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 09:03 AM
This morning I was reading this story...
Great Depression Survivors Remember Flour Sack Underwear And Coats Made Of Blankets

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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.

Maybe it was both and that begs the question... Once again will it take a combination of New Deal Projects and another great war.. to put us back on track?

posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 09:38 AM
reply to post by DaddyBare

My basic understanding of the issue is that the New Deal was an attempt by the government to spend its way out of the depression. Did/does it work? Who knows, because WW2 got in the way and that got things going again.

It was attempted by the Ontario government in the recession of the 80's, but that party (NDP) was so slagged for the concept (and its ineptitude through inexperience) that nobody knows if it would have worked. In a sense, the concept is a regional response to a global phenomenon...especially today.

I suppose the answer lies in whether US/Canadian money supports Indian/Chinese/whatever markets...or if it helps the guy next door to find work.


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