A friend forwarded me this link: www.flickr.com/groups/1934.
It is a discussion of public art of New Deal era. It is indeed a thoughtful reminder of what government could do, using idling citizens' time for common good. Sadly, we don't learn from historical examples.
George Santayan said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Today's political debate is polluted by the money power of oligarchs like the Koch brothers, unleashed by the Supreme Court's "Citizen's United" decision.
America will go back to the pre-New Deal era if oligarchs are not denied their attempt to buy our government, via unrestricted election spending.
The Bush administration created 1.7 million public sector jobs (while believing in smaller government) and President Obama (alleged to be pro-big government) cut 608,000 jobs of teachers, firefighters, transportation and infrastructure project workers, etc.
Republicans filibustered Obama's agenda for job creation, repeal of the Bush tax cuts and finally the millionaire's tax for infrastructure building.
Repeat of creative and successful actions of New Deal for art and general expansion of U.S. economy are unlikely. So we are doomed, don't you agree?
SANDIP K. DASVERMA, Richland