The Case for a New WPA | CommonDreams.org

In 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt took office with the promise of government action to relieve destitution, unemployment had reached nearly 25 percent. As part of that commitment, his administration created the WPA, a permanent jobs program that put 8.5 million Americans to work between 1935 and 1943. The WPA was a massive public undertaking that changed the face of a growing nation. In addition to providing jobs to millions, it brought the nation's transportation system into the 20th century and brought art to people of all classes, leaving the U.S. with a rich legacy of oral history and artistic masterpieces.

Many organizations are calling for a modern incarnation of the WPA both to assist the nation’s 6.5 million long-term unemployed and to advance national priorities, from transitioning to clean energy to modernizing infrastructure to supporting the arts. A new WPA could help support:

via The Case for a New WPA | CommonDreams.org.

This article says that many organizations are calling for a new WPA . This is the first I heard of it and I like to think of myself well informed.

I’d be all for a new WPA. There is a lot of crumbling infrastructure in this country that could use rebuilding. And I don’t know about the schools in your town, but the schools in my town are almost 60 years old.

The WPA did a lot of good. It’s most important contribution was keeping the peace. There were an awful lot of very unhappy unemployed people during the Great Depression. A lot of these people were question the idea of democracy and capitalism.

Franklin Roosevelt didn’t pony up and create the WPA because he was a good guy, he did it to keep the masses of unemployed people from taking over the country and turning it into the USSR.

Our problem today is that we have been dumbed down and conditioned to believe that thee is no other way to live. We worry about keep the lights on but not about keeping our intellectual fires burning. It is sort of a badge of honor to be a dumb ass these days.

We let ourselves get ruined by a financial elite that turns around and pretends it was our fault that economy was ruined. If only we have lived within our means they tell us and not taken out a mortgage we could afford, the economy wouldn’t have collapsed.

And rest assured that if the idea of a new WPA ever makes it to the mainstream media there will be people from the financial elite fighting it tooth and nail. They will say that there is no money left and the deficit is too large. They’ll say we need to lower taxes on business and high net worth individuals to create jobs. They’ll say the government shouldn’t make jobs the private sector should.

What they won’t say is that the defense budget helps fund a huge number of private jobs and that by creating one job in government which in turn could create two jobs in the private sector we could actually stimulate the economy out of this depression.

The financial elite are happy with the way things are going. They have spent 40 years dismantling the Middle Class to enrich and empower themselves. They are not going to want to rebuild the very people they are working to enslave.

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NAACP wants Jackson’s Neverland Ranch to become state park | McClatchy

As home to pop legend Michael Jackson, Neverland Ranch housed a working locomotive, a Ferris wheel and other amusement park rides, a 10,000-volume library and a zoo.

But could the opulent Santa Barbara County estate become home to California’s newest state park?

A resolution is in the works to order state parks officials to study converting the roughly 2,600-acre property into a state park. The state NAACP is backing the idea, and a lawmaker has signaled he is on board to carry the legislation.

“I think Michael’s history is world history and I think it would become the No. 1 attraction for the state parks if we could pull it off,” said state NAACP President Alice Huffman, who also serves on the state Parks Commission.

via NAACP wants Jackson’s Neverland Ranch to become state park | McClatchy.

It’s not always easy to find stories to write about, but every once in a while one falls out of the ugly tree and hits me on the head.

It is clear that the NAACP and this kooky assemblyman have a much different take on Michael Jackson than I do.

I come from the camp that said “Thank God” when I learned of Michael Jackson’s death. I wasn’t looking forward to the revisionist history and his obligatory tribute, but that was a price I was willing to pay to have him leave our world. It was a dear price, but pay it I did.

I heard he made more money last year than any celebrity, living or dead. I know he didn’t make any from me, not last year not ever.

I always thought of Jacko his wonderfully British derogatory nick name, as a Wackadoo. There is no doubt he had a talent, but most of it was for self promotion. He could sing and dance alright, but big fucking deal.

The whole glove thing and the really messed up plastic surgery transformation alone was enough to make me wish for his early demise, but throw in the child molestation charges and his treatment of his own children and I was breaking out the voodoo doll.

So here is my idea. Send in one of those drones the CIA is so fond of to carpet bomb the Neverland Ranch back to it’s natural state. Erase any trace that Jacko ever occupied that land, and then replant it with whatever native grasses and trees Jacko tore up to build his pedophilia palace.

To hold this “man” up as an example to be gloried it downright sick. He was a self indulgent Narcissist.

Furthermore, the State of California has no money to maintain this property. They are broke remember?

Even if people paid to visit, the State would wind up spending more money cleaning up the barf left behind by the disgusted visitors than they would make on admission.

I am never amazed at the different world some people live in than the one I am walking around in. Thanks Jacko for reminding me that reality is what you make of it.

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