Investing in Human Capital
greatest task is to put people to work.
is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously.
can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself,
treating the task as we would treat the emergency of war,
at the same time, through this employment,
needed projects to stimulate and
reorganize the use of our national
|FDR's first hundred days in office were a flurry of activity, with 15 major bills signed into law.
propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used
in simple work, not interfering with normal employment,
and confining itself to forestry, the prevention
of soil erosion,
flood control and similar projects. I call your attention to
the fact that this type of work is of definite, practical
only through the prevention of great present financial loss,
but also as a means of creating future national wealth.
FDR's message to the 73rd Congress on March 21, 1933.
men through conserving and developing the country's natural resources.
In 1932, President Franklin
Deleno Roosevelt was elected promising a America a New Deal.
In response to the depression that hung over the nation in the early 1930s,
President Roosevelt created
many "Alphabet Soup" programs designed to put Americans back to work.
Roosevelt was not interested in the dole. He was
was determined, rather, to preserve the pride
of American workers in their own ability to earn a living, so he concentrated on creating
| hat pin circa 1939 Latin trans - Always Our Country
CONTEMPORARY CCC SLIDESHOW
AT WORK AND AT PLAY
lived in government camps, food, transport, and clothing were provided and also recieved added benefit
of education and vocational
training. The Army mostly supervised the camps. Men were paid a dollar a day and
were required to send 83.3 percent of their pay
of $30 back to their families.
By July 1933, over 250,000 work boots
where on the ground from Hawiaii to the Virgin Islands.
Over the next nine years, this
popular New deal "alphabet soup" government program helped create our middle class from the depths of the Great Depression and conserved our environment. The CCC program enrolled a total of 3,465,766 men and employed 263,755 military personnel, educational advisors, work supervisors, and non-enrolled personnel. At its peak in 1935, the organization had more than 500,000 members
in over 2,600 camps.
These were usually operated by the War Dept., but the men were not subject to military control. In 1939 the CCC was made part of the Federal Security Agency. Beginning in 1940, greater emphasis was placed on projects aiding national defense. It
served America well for nine years from 1933 to 1942. After Pearl Harbor, the CCC men went off to war and its budget
was cut against
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's request, Congress abolished the CCC in 1942.
REINVEST IN HUMAN CAPITOL
"Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."
Barack Obama, Inaugual Address, January 20, 2009.
I want generations that follow to
see that we used this moment to encourage a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps for our young people.
Barack Obama's address at the
160th Anniversary Celebration of the Department of the Interior
March 3, 2009
A nation that continues year after
to spend more money on military defense
than on programs of social uplift
is approaching spiritual death.
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
CCC Enrollee Oath
(Upon entering the CCC, each enrollee subscribed to the following oath. It is a contract between
the enrollee and the
Government, and should be lived up to in each respect.)
I, _______________ , do solemnly swear that the information given
above as to my status is correct.
I agree to remain in the Civilian Conservation Corps for the period terminating at
the discretion of
the United States between ..................... unless sooner released by proper authority, and that
will obey those in authority and observe all the rules and regulations thereof to the best of my ability
accept such allowances as may be provided pursuant to law and regulations promulgated
I understand and agree that any injury received or disease contracted by me while
a member of the Civilian Conservation
Corps cannot be made the basis against the government,
except such as I may be entitled to the Act of September 7, 1916(39
( an act to provide compensation for employees of the United States suffering injuries while in the
of their duties and for other purposes), and that I shall not be entitled to any allowances
upon release from camp,
except transportation in kind to the place at which I was accepted for enrollment.
I understand further
that any articles issued to me by the United States Government for the use
while a member of the Civilian Conservation
Corps are, and remain, property of the United States
Government and that willful destruction, loss, sale, or disposal
of such property renders me financially
responsible for the cost thereof and liable to trial in the civil courts. I understand
further that any infraction
of the rules or regulations of the Civilian Conservation Corps renders me liable to
the expulsion therefrom.
So help me God.
From: "Your CCC Handbook For Enrollees" Happy Days Publishing Co., Washington , D.C.
CCC Camp Information (1933-1942)
Average number of camps operating in U.S. per year: 1,643
Total number of different camps: 4,500
elevation of CCC camp: 9,200 feet above sea level in Colorado
elevation of CCC camp: 270 feet below sea level, Death Valley, Calif.
locations: Every state in the Union, plus Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Total cost: $3,000,000,000
cost per enrollee per year for food, clothing, overhead, and allotments to dependents: $1,000
Allotments to Dependents: $662,895,000
of people directly benefited from enrollees’ checks: 12 million to 15 million
Value of Work in 1942 Dollars: $2 billion
of roads built: 125,000
Miles of telephone lines strung: 89,000
Miles of foot trails built: 13,100
Farmlands benefited from erosion control projects: 40 million acres
Stream and lake bank protection: 154 million square yards
Range revegetation: 814,000 acres
days: More than 8 million
Number of enrollees who died fighting
Overall death rate: 2.25 per thousand
State parks developed: 800
Public campground development: 52,000 acres
Another day, another dollar
A million days and I’ll be a millionaire!
Saying from the CCC after a hard days work!
Considerations for our policy makers:
*The future operation and administration of the Civilian Conservation
would be updated but strictly run by the
public sector and not outsourced to the private sector.
*The CCC's operation and administration would be carried
on by the existing machinery
of the US Government under a number of
our United States Agencies working in cooperation.
*Similar federally funded government work programs should
be absorbed into the
US Civilian Conservation Corps to avoid waste
in overlap, fraud and abuse.
program would ensure government accountability to the people of the United States.
The reactivation of the United States Civilian Conservation Corp, in Summary...
* This popular government program was never abolished in June 1942.
* The US Government
should reactivate the United States Civilian Conservation Corps
as a part
of the the Defense Budget, or as a part of the Recovery and Stimulus packages!
* The United States Civilian Conservation Corps operational procedures
regulations will need updated.
* There is a backlog of needed work projects on our Public lands and the
would accomplish it would be the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The CCC would also
maintain millions of acres of public lands, shores and
waterways and would preserve
and protect our precious natural resources and
contribute directly to our National Defense.
*CCC would mobilize with The American Red Cross and FEMA in disaster relief and clean-up.
*Can be the first job opportunity for our
young adults and returning War Veterans
who now face double-digit unemployment.
* The US Civilian Conservation Corps would provide us with a new workforce that
has a work ethic and a respect for conservation and the environment.
* The CCC would perform
labor intensive-low tech green jobs from planting trees
to helping with disaster
relief. They would perform high tech green jobs as in
and maintenance of PVC panels and wind generators.
*Can be adopted in other countries to give us all a chance to
survive rapid climate change.
If reactivated, the president would order the Department of Defense
action and the US Army - National Guard and Reserves
the American People. This program can give the military an accountable,
practical and peaceful
mission on our own soil and give our young men
and women a real alternative
would be a win-win, non-partisan platform
issue on the 2010 Congressional
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