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Congress should consider example of Depression-era work programs

Posted: November 16, 2011 - 12:02am  |  Updated: November 16, 2011 - 12:54am


The citizens who live and work inside the District of Columbia, from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to Capitol Hill, have thoroughly disgusted me.

The politicians inside the beltway have stated we need jobs. However, no one has said what kind of jobs and where they would be. Seemingly, all we have had is crossed arms and finger-pointing when it comes time to create legislation agreeable to both political parties.

In the past year we have had wildfires, tornadoes and floods that have destroyed our infrastructure. Roads and lands have been destroyed and bridges have been washed out. All must be repaired.

My recommendation is to go to the National Archives and obtain the plans for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Projects Administration (WPA). Both of these programs employed millions of unemployed individuals and got them out of the unemployment lines during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration.

They were assigned to camps consisting of 200 men. These camps were under the control of the Army. The cadre, as example, would be made up of a reserve officer, an adjutant, first sergeant, a cook with two assistants, doctor/medic, and a motor pool sergeant. Pay would be commensurate with local wages. Initially, housing would be in 20-men tents until barracks could be built.

Congress would establish these programs. However, a House resolution or Senate bill must not have any addendums or earmarks. I would recommend that no gang members be brought into these programs.

I hope that this recommendation be accepted and be considered constructively. We need to get our citizens back to work. Enough is enough.

David G. Edmiston Sr.

MSG USAF (Retired)


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"CC Corps" was well known in the south

This is a great idea. Is there anyone raised in SC-GA who hasn't heard tales of relatives who worked in the CC Corps? It was almost like the military. They fed them, gave them a cot and paid them a salary while maintaining a miltiary like discipline. Those from the CC who came back to Branchville were bigshots. My Great Uncle Mervin told me many stories about cooking hobo stew in the CC camps... maybe because I was the only one who would listen.




Little Lamb


Perhaps those Occupy Wall Street protesters (and those inspired by them across the country) are re-living the CCC dream.