Saturday, August 30, 2014

Statue dedicated to the CCC: The Worker

Throughout the Chicago area are numerous Joliet limestone picnic shelters that are reminders of the accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a post-Depression New Deal jobs project for young Americans. The city's southwest suburbs, where I grew up, have many of them, almost all of which are still in use.

There is a statue in Willow Springs, Illinois, "The Worker," which honors those CCC men.

While historians still debate whether Franklin's Roosevelt's economic policy brought us out of the Depression are simply kept it from getting worse, you can say this for certain about the CCC: They built stuff.

As for Barack Obama's stimulus, other than a turtle tunnel, what exactly did it build?

Oh, resurfacing existing roads does not count.

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