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The New Deal changed the face of America; it is the seed that modern America was built upon. And it was built without a road map; no administration had ever faced such a situation bordering on a total economic collapse. It should come as no surprise that Roosevelt won four terms in office; he was an American Moses. He led the American people out of the wilderness, and they would have elected him for four more terms if they could.

My own father, who was sent away because his family couldn't feed him, was able to go home. He finished high school and during WWII he became a Navy pilot. Then after the war he did something that he never dreamed possible. He enrolled at Ohio State University and became a mechanical engineer, thanks to the GI Bill. He went on to become vice president of a mid-sized corporation and then became a professor at a university in Tennessee which didn't exist before the New Deal.

He never forgot being fifteen and riding the rails and living in hobo jungles with absolutely no opportunities whatsoever. Or to what he became, all thanks to the New Deal and FDR. That's why it was so important for him to tell his son, "See it!" He'd say, "that's a WPA Bridge." Moses wandered for forty years seeking the Promised Land; Roosevelt found it in a little more than twelve. As to the academics, well there are some things that just can't be quantified or measured by statistics. The things that are made up more of feelings and intentions and in just caring about the people's suffering, like the difference between the WPA in New Orleans in 1935 and hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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was eventually too dangerous to sleep at. Sometime... by Ron & Glenda Turck on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 6:29:57 AM
Thank you for the touching tribute to FDR,nowadays... by liberalsrock on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:03:07 AM
Well said, my friend.Before the new deal, the pove... by Perry Logan on Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 at 5:57:28 AM
Let's not forget what else FDR gave us - WWII. The... by Bill Cain on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 12:33:32 PM
did not give you WW2, WW2 was coming no matter who... by David Glenn Cox on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 5:05:26 PM
Sorry to throw cold water on your hero, and the fe... by Bill Cain on Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 at 9:39:59 PM
FDR Is sung as the hero who pulled the ... by aberamsay on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 4:34:55 PM
has so many holes in it I can't decide whether to ... by David Glenn Cox on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 5:24:39 PM
FDR did indeed prolong the Depression. I've alread... by Darren Wolfe on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 5:03:21 PM
I got quite a laugh, for example - and I am sure t... by David Glenn Cox on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 5:32:12 PM
Plenty of fraud to go around. Strange reply though... by Darren Wolfe on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 6:03:06 PM
History of WW II was written by di... by aberamsay on Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 at 3:43:31 AM
Why don't we just admit, there have been a lot of ... by Debbie S on Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 at 10:42:02 AM