In 1934, FDR said “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad and ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much of it; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
The country was desperate at that time. There had been a severe drought in the Midwest and Southern Plains. People were packaging up and leaving everything behind. Go West is the phrase heard so often during that time.
People got out to California and did not find the world any rosier. The landowners and big businesses looked down upon the people who showed up at their door. They were hungry and filthy even though many had been successful from where they came. They had to start over again and their fellow Americans dismissed them.
It was the beginnings of Unionization and multiple Federal programs that still have their impact today. Yet, we are still here. We are now at a place where the past years’ pandemic, which is still ongoing, has destroyed peoples livelihood.
I wonder how many President’s, who actually do care about the welfare of their citizens, will have to give that speech again? When will we move forward and not have to take steps backward too? Is now the time where we are moving forward? Only 50% of the company probably believes that we are. How do we change that?
There is definitely interest coming out of Washington to take care of public housing, transportation, children, immigrants and more. The administration looks more like the country which is a huge sigh of relief…and reality.
I am starting to feel a tad more positive than I have been feeling for the past year. From the data, it feels like we are going to turn a corner sooner than later on Covid. Signs of life are happening in NYC. People want to rush back. We might all have a bit of PTSD when this all ends but I hope to shake it as soon as I can.