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A look back at our nation’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s shows the CCC met many needs like those we have today. The CCC model might help again, with a bit of work.
CCC ideas could have value today, except for our biggest problem. Today’s habit is to ax ideas with ideology.
The trick is so easy that the ideology of either party can stop any idea the wrong guys raise.
Strange to tell, the other party’s ideology stops the same idea just as easily. So either party making a proposal dooms it.
The history of the CCC confirms a proud legacy and scripts the catchwords that kill the thought. A queer hello.
A bill from President Franklin Roosevelt 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 remain with us today.
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