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  • Public Service, Great Depression-Style

    President Herbert Hoover

    The House votes today on legislation which would dramatically increase federal involvement in the realm of volunteerism, continuing the trend toward an America in which “public service” means working for the government.

    This is a topic which has been of particular interest to a certain president, who said, “Our people have in recent years developed a new-found capacity for cooperation among themselves to effect high purposes in public welfare. […] The government should assist and encourage these movements of collective self-help by itself cooperating with them.” He added that without this expansion of federal aid, its “stimulation of private giving and coordination [would] be destroyed,” and that such expansion is “most essential to the intelligent carrying out of the provisions of all relief activities whether private or public.”

    He claimed he regrets the dramatic increase of federal involvement. “But, he said, “we are fighting the economic consequences of…unjustified fear as to the future of the United States. The battle to set our economic machine in motion in this emergency takes new forms and requires new tactics from time to time. We used such emergency powers [before]; we can use them to fight the depression, the misery and suffering from which are equally great.”

    The president who spoke those words was not Barack Obama. It was a fellow Progressive, Herbert Hoover. The legislation of which he spoke was the Emergency Relief and Construction Act of 1932, an early forerunner of the GIVE (House) and Serve America (Senate) acts. Like the current legislation, the ERCA used tough economic times to justify dramatic increases in federal aid for, and regulation of, temporary government jobs aimed at meeting national needs.

    It didn’t work for Hoover. Why imitate him?

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    5 Responses to Public Service, Great Depression-Style

    1. Lars, Mad City USA says:

      I find this most hilarious. Here the Liberals and those "brave" college students have worried about a Military Draft. Well, hold on, her comes the Obama "Civilian Draft". I think it is great. Think of it, service in Africa, Boliva, maybe even Sudan or Haiti. I can't wit to see the foirst "trainees".

    2. richard weirton, wv says:

      Well, we got the "change" we voted for. Now we can all be back on the plantation working for the man. Slavery under any other name is still slavery…

    3. ra,ohio says:

      Lars, the brown shirts are coming to your neighborhood soon.

      They are working for acorn, funded by your tax dollars courtesy of the obama administration to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

      They will want you to accede to the philosophy that Obama's policies will reconstruct this country into what they want.

      Resist them and confront them on Conservative principals.

      Keep in mind they are generally drones, and you are more intelligent than they are.

      obama, and his administration of buffoons will not last long in this country.

      In two years we have an opportunity to speak our mind, and we will.

    4. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      The most important line in this whole article should be drummed into the head of every Liberal in America:

      "It didn’t work for Hoover. Why imitate him?"

    5. Slangwhang MD says:

      I've always been a volunteer of one sort or another. I didn't need anyone to force me too. I always thought it was fun and a joyous gift, given to me from God. I didn't need the Government to force me into it. I always believed "With good works, God is well pleased." Even as an impoverished foster child, I volunteered, without being forced to by anyone.

      Obama picks and chooses the things he likes about his mentors and former Presidential quotes. He uses Abraham Lincoln often. Did he ever use this one?

      "You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. You

      cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.

      What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.. The Government cannot give to anybody anything that the Government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is surely the end of any nation's future."

      Abraham Lincoln

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