U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, "We are going to be faced with a difficult fire season. The bottom line is we're going to do everything we can to be prepared. But folks need to understand ... our resources are limited and our budgets are obviously constrained. We will do the best job we possibly can with the resources we have."
During the New Deal, the WPA and CCC fought forest fires, created firebreaks, built fire lookout towers, and planted trees.
Today, there are 26 million Americans who would like a full-time job but can't find one (http://www.njfac.org/). Today, the Labor Force Participation Rate is the lowest since 1979. Today, suicide is rising due, in part, to "financial stress." Today, "Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce."
But instead of connecting the dots of unemployment and record-setting fires (in other words, offering jobs to the unemployed to directly fight fires or fill support roles) we will ignore the unemployed and let our natural areas burn.
Welcome to the Reverse New Deal.