It feels very WPA-ish: the city hires anyone who’s willing to work to pull weeds and do basic maintenance jobs.
How Republicans and Democrats Differ When It Comes to the Poor
Ester Bloom

My grandfather worked for the CCC, a WPA-ish organization known as the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. President Roosevelt created this make work program to give the unemployed a job and it kept my family going. He would take a government bus from Riverside, NJ to Fort Dix and he would dig holes and plant trees.

When I was out of work in 2007 and all during 2008 I was hoping Obama would do the same. Hell, he kept saying ‘hope and change’ and ‘help is on the way.’

I predicted he would be the greatest president since FDR. Because we all know the Republicans are for the rich and the Democrats are for the little guy. I had tears in my eyes on election night.

But during 2009 all I saw was TARP, the troubled asset relief program. We must save the banking system was the mantra. If only they gave the money to the people.

Then I thought, don’t just give us cash, give us a job so we can be productive and get through this recession. But nothing ever happened. There was no change and we lost hope.

And today, August 30, 2016, I still have tears in my eyes.