Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The WPA brought communities together
In a variety of ways, the WPA brought communities together. Recreational projects were created, community centers were built, WPA artists highlighted local events (see image above), free classes were offered in the arts & crafts, concerts were performed, and much more.
Today, such government activity--especially if it simultaneously helped the unemployed--would be labeled as "wasteful spending!!" and "socialism!!" Far superior, in the eyes of many, is to (a) coddle greedy executives & wealthy investors, (b) keep government (and unions) off their backs, (c) turn a blind-eye to white collar crime, and (d) lovingly accept whatever unsafe, low-pay, no-benefit, zero-future jobs Corporate America offers us. And, unlike the activities of the WPA, this submission to Corporate America is driving communities apart. Wealth & income inequality is becoming more extreme every year and the American Dream has been effectively neutralized by those who value profit over country.
See, "Why are US corporate profits so high? Because wages are so low" and "The 85 Richest People In The World Have As Much Wealth As The 3.5 Billion Poorest."
So, which do you prefer? Governmental action that would bring communities together, or the current governmental & cultural submission to Corporate America that is driving communities apart?
WPA poster, image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.