A U.S. Central Command spokesman said the military is reviewing how to spend the $1.6 billion” Wow they do not know how to spend 1.6B. When the military is cutting enlisted ranks because of money. How about using this for out troops and equipping the US Army. How strange it is that the top can spend when of a lack of funding for troops. Giving Flag officers over $200,000 a year retirements when enlisted have to find second jobs after retirement just to pay the bills, Forcing out men and women due to funding cuts then giving billions to Iraq. When the Government is cutting VA funding we give Billions to Iraq and Afghanistan, When does the stupidly end? Where is the common sense to support the people of America before supporting the world? Why pay billions for Illegal aliens when we have people here wanting to work and many homeless. Why not have programs like the WPA back in the 1930 and get America building and developing the abilities we once had?
Instead of giving welfare develop work programs and pay for a days’ work. Build American infrastructure. Repair the bridges and roads; develop training programs for the out of work. Not a hand out but earning a living. Building pride in America first and foremost.
Works Progress Administration
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The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.
Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. The WPA’s initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP), and in total it spent $13.4 billion.
At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs. Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the WPA goal. It tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment. Robert D. Leighninger asserts that “The stated goal of public building programs was to end the depression or, at least, alleviate its worst effects. Millions of people needed subsistence incomes. Work relief was preferred over public assistance (the dole) because it maintained self-respect, reinforced the work ethic, and kept skills sharp.”
The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state and local governments, which provided 10–30% of the costs. Usually the local sponsor provided land and often trucks and supplies, with the WPA responsible for wages (and for the salaries of supervisors, who were not on relief). WPA sometimes took over state and local relief programs that had originated in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) or Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) programs.
It was liquidated on June 30, 1943, as a result of low unemployment due to the worker shortage of World War II. The WPA had provided millions of Americans with jobs for 8 years. Most people who needed a job were eligible for at least some of its positions. Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area.
With a bit of modernization and modification we could develop something similar to bring America back to being the industrial and technological giant we once were. Remember if you give a person a fish they can eat for a day. When you teach them how to fish they can eat every day. Buy American, Build America.