Passage of JERA and creation of a CCC would embody the spirit of the original New Deal and usher in a 21st Century New Deal, say descendants

U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt sits at the head of a mess table for lunch at Camp Fechner in Big Meadows, Va., one of the five Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps that the president visited on Aug. 12, 1933. Seated with the president are, from left, Gen. Paul B. Malone; Col. Louis Howe; Secretary of the Interior Department Harold I. Ickes; Director of the Civilian Conservation Corps Robert Fechner; and Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace; and Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford G. Tugwell. In the background are the young men employed in the CCC program initiated by the president as part of the New Deals Program during the Depression. (AP Photo)

Dear Mr. President:

We write, as the descendants of the men and women who designed the New Deal, to commend your focus on the urgency of big, bold action to create jobs to help America build back better. Specifically, we commend your Civilian Climate Corps Initiative, and we heartily recommend including the “Jobs for Economic Recovery Act” in the upcoming economic recovery package.

What President Franklin Roosevelt said, when taking office in the depths of the Great Depression, remains true today: “A host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little…


The successful, popular government program is under attack

Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law eighty-five years ago, widespread bipartisan support in Congress and among the American people has existed for what may be the most important, consequential legislation in the history of the United States.

Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower — in a candid letter to his brother in 1954 — famously wrote: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you…


An Open Letter to Vice President Biden from the children and grandchildren of FDR and his New Dealers

Dear Vice President Biden:

We are descendants of the men and women who designed and implemented President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policies during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the worst economic decline of the 20th Century.

We are tremendously heartened to hear of your recognition that today’s crises — health, economic, and social — are so enormous as to “eclipse what FDR faced,” and that you believe your presidency “must be more ambitious than FDR’s.”

We agree, and urge you to champion a 21st Century New Deal that will restore belief in a government that works for all…

21st Century New Deal

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