RECOVERY: Showers from Heaven

Just after he signed the $3,722,905,000 Lend-Spend bill last week, Franklin Roosevelt observed:

"There have been a few raindrops coming from the heavens that probably will be followed by much-needed showers."

The pen-squiggles which he made precipitated, not an immediate downpour of cash upon the parched populace, but a flood of mimeographed announcements by his spending agencies in Washington, vying with each other to do their heavenly duty.

WPA. Readiest to go was WPA, where Adminstrator Harry Hopkins had only to say the word and thousands of added workers would be taken on the...

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