A recent comment in our local newspaper forum led me to think about the state of our national politics. The writer mentioned the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and similar government employment programs during the reconstructionist/New Deal era. The WPA of the 30’s helped to energize the economy and quash the great depression. Though the writer mentioned how useful programs like that could be in today’s economy, I believe the over-the-top rhetoric of the ‘conservative’ community many have made that impossible. Any endeavor in which public money is used for public service programs is now deemed “Socialist” and, if enough money is proposed, even “Communist.” (more…)