On this day. 1933: President Franklin Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA put three million people to work in return for giving them financial assistance. FDR was opposed to welfare for people who were able to work. Those getting assistance were required to help build schools, roads and hospitals; others restored theaters, wrote plays, etc. Congressional opponents of the WPA scaled it back over time; it was suspended during World War II, when the U.S. economy quickly returned to full employment.
Quote of the day
"Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." -Thomas Jefferson
More from West Wing Reports...
- How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks
- Watch The Daily Show mock Fox News' 'white Santa' claim
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- How John Boehner learned to stop worrying and hate the Tea Party
- A candid look at what went wrong with Mitt Romney's campaign
- How the budget deal could pave the way for immigration reform
- A scientific argument for dressing a little nicer at work
- The Idina Menzel-Taye Diggs split, and 5 other break-ups that hurt us more than it hurt them
- The Black Death is back
- Why a Mike Huckabee presidential run is Chris Christie's worst nightmare
Subscribe to the Week