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  •  To be fair, Harold Ickes (the elder)... (0+ / 0-)

    ...was one of a number of voices in FDR's inner circle who challenged the wisdom of far-reaching, long term direct government employment.  The first couple of years of FDR's first term featured jobs programs that were designed to begin and end within the calendar year: the first iteration of "shovel ready projects" if you will. Hopkins was chomping at the bit those first two years, constrained by these seasonal forays in to work relief but was finally fully unleashed in '35.

    None of that diminishes the great that was eventually done. Ickes himself was instrumental in insisting on and overseeing the accountability and tracking aspects of the range of alphabet agencies. These guys were in brand new territory, and it can be argued that Obama has this experience to shorten his own learning curve. We need to also remember that the loyal opposition has had decades to study and plan just how to push back against any effort to update and upgrade the New Deal (and it will be hard for me to not call it "the Real Deal" when we finally get this going)

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass

    by Egalitare on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 05:53:31 PM PDT

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