The New CCC

Over the weekend, PBS presented a program detailing the Civilian Conservation Corps which was in effect from 1933- 1942.  Men ages 18- 24 were enlisted to help with construction and conservation projects throughout the United States. During the time of the CCC, volunteers planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide that would become the start of most state parks, developed forest fire fighting methods and a network of thousands of miles of public roadways and constructed buildings connecting the nation’s public lands.

It was a win-win deal, giving hard to employ young men jobs which enriched the land and the lives of Americans. It was the dream of Franklin Roosevelt who said of it:

“I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work, not interfering with normal employment, and confining itself to forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects. I call your attention to the fact that this type of work is of definite, practical value, not only through the prevention of great present financial loss, but also as a means of creating future national wealth.”

President Obama needs to revive this program.

Many  any of the projects that were completed 70 years ago need to be fixed, maintained or redone and the U.S. has a large pool of undereducated and unemployed men who could benefit from the reinstatement of this program.  The benefits were not only financial, said those interviewed by PBS, but these young men learned great life skills such as organization, discipline and the ability to follow through with assignments- all necessary for employment in society at large.

Many disadvantaged youth seek  military service for these benefits, yet there is an enormous pool of American youth that would not be able to serve in the military, but could reap great benefits from service in a CCC-style program.  Not only would they themselves benefit, but society at whole would as well with less mischievous, crime and baby-making. As the poster above says, “A young man’s opportunity.”

There would be little to lose and enormous benefits to gain with a renewal of a New CCC.  However, I’m sure that there are all sorts of reasons for denying, stalling or killing such a plan.  Congress has a knack for shooting Americans in the foot.

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9 thoughts on “The New CCC

  1. “However, I’m sure that there are all sorts of reasons for denying, stalling or killing such a plan.”

    Yep, they’re called “unions”.

  2. Yep, they’re called small-government Republicans.

    Sepp, you ever think of yourself as a shill for the corporate world? I think you could have, had you been born in the 1920’s, been hired by Henry Ford as an anti-union goon who was paid to bludgeon union organizers at the Auto Lite plant here in Toledo.

  3. No muddy. Do you really think for one second that the unions would allow a non-union entity to become a government workforce?
    And are you going to play stupid to the fact that the democrats would NEVER go against their biggest money machine regardless of “how good for America” the idea might be?
    If a new CCC ever sees the light of day, you can be sure the SEIU will have it’s filthy hands all over it…or it won’t happen.

  4. Do you really think for one second that the unions would allow a non-union entity to become a government workforce?

    Yes, but someone as anti-union as you never can.

  5. Hello Muddy,
    Great posting. My father was a member of the CCC in West Virginia building roads and Cheat Mountain State Park. He worked and some of his pay was sent home to help out his parents finically. My grandfather being a UNION COAL MINER did not need the money so they started a savings account for him.

    When WWII started, he joined the Army Air Corp and when it was over, he went to school on the GI bill and got a teaching degree in Phys Ed. and Industrial Arts.

    Needless to say he became a productive contribution to American Society that we all bennifited from…..and it all started with the CCCs.

    The Unions were much stronger then…and had no problem allowing their sons get experience in the job market. It was later that my father joined the Teacher’s Union….and had good retirement and medical. More so than the working class has today.

  6. First off, I’m not entirely anti-union.
    Anyplace where managment is running roughshod over the employees deserves to become unionized.

    The AFL-CIO isn’t going to sit on it’s hands “for the good of the nation” and allow the govt to form a workforce that “takes away union jobs”.
    And they’re not about to let all those potential union dues escape either!

  7. Gentlemen,

    First of all there are a ton of government workers who are non union. They are not civil servants employed directly by the government but are contract workers.

    I have children who have recently graduated from college and the employment picture is grim. I would favor the CCC rising again. But could you imageine the hue and cry from the GOP and its information service, Fox News:

    “Obama is a socialist!!!! Blah Blah Blah.”

    Regards,

    The Loop Garoo Kid

  8. Forget the Union side tracking issue here, if this administration ever succeeded in creating or tryting to create a new CCC, you can bet your ass that our corporate shill would be screaming along with the rest of his tea bagging compadres that it is the first fascistic step to socialistic communism and then the next witch hunt would begin.

    Sure, some people are all for Unions as long as they just STFU….

    That seems to be the way to solve a lot of the teabagging gripes, they are tolerant bunch as long as you just STFU.

  9. Microdot- you can bet your ass that our corporate shill would be screaming along with the rest of his tea bagging compadres that it is the first fascistic step to socialistic communism and then the next witch hunt would begin.

    EXACTLY! You’ve nailed these teabaggers.

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