Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Four-Fifths of a Nation

(WPA poster, image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.)

In January of 1937, President Roosevelt famously said, “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.”

A recent survey showed that “Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.”

As the U.S. moves further and further away from the New Deal, and towards more privatization, greater income inequality, and mindless budget-cutting, the “one-third of a nation” statement can now be adjusted to “I see four-fifths of a nation ill-employed, economically insecure, and abandoned.”

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