Above: A FERA-funded water line project in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ca. 1933-1935. New Deal policymakers, unlike austerians, felt that public works jobs were a great way to combat both unemployment and infrastructure problems. And much of the infrastructure work they facilitated is still in use today, all across America and her territories - a fact that austerians are willfully oblivious to.
Above: FERA-funded medical services in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, ca. 1935. New Deal policymakers, unlike austerians, felt that medical services for low-income people should be improved not cut back. Hence, FERA enabled "aid to [the] insular health department in combating epidemics, antimalaria and antihookworm campaigns, studies and surveys of health conditions, construction of new hospitals and medical centers, repairs and additions to those already existing, and purchase of hospital equipment and supplies."
Above: This school in Utuado, Puerto Rico, received additions and repairs thanks to FERA funding, ca. 1933-1935. New Deal policymakers, unlike austerians, felt that educational opportunities should be increased during economic down times, not cut back. All across Puerto Rico, FERA gave "aid to established schools by employment of teachers, aid to school lunchrooms, new schools in rural districts, nursery schools, and night schools for adults and through the work relief program, construction of new schoolhouses and repairs to others."