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CCC saved our bacon before

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By John Bartlit

Food stamps is a timely issue in Congress. Food stamps tie to a wide range of growing national problems that extend from welfare and budget limits to joblessness, unstable families and the workings of nature.
To sum up: Republicans want to end food stamps for anyone who is not working. This idea makes sense if enough full-time jobs exist so everyone able to work can find work.
Ties exist among welfare, the number of jobs created and the stability of families. These ties fill the news now and were painfully clear to America of the 1930s.
The nation’s 1930s response to all three problems had exceedingly good results. It was the Civilian Conservation Corps, a remedy I keep pushing.
A bill from President Franklin Roosevelt for the CCC reached Congress on March 21, 1933, and a CCC act was passed 10 days later by voice vote. Those voices struck a deal worth trying.
The CCC ended in 1942, when the young men went off to war.
As the name says, the men worked on conservation projects, such as building erosion controls, roads, trails and structures on public lands; fighting wildfires and planting trees. Admire the CCC workmanship in the stone buildings, carpentry and tinware at Bandelier and similar work in parks from Yosemite to Acadia.
What the CCC achieved and the need for more of it remains with us today.


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