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We at WPA Today ( believe there is a better way to help the long-term unemployed. Instead of calling them "lazy," or cutting off their unemployment benefits after some arbitrary time period, or waiting for the private sector to rescue...


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Barbara K (62)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:35 pm
Petition signed. Great idea, should be in use now. Thanks, my friend.

Anne F (17)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:38 pm
Hire people to clean the parks and streams, install newer windows, and paint schools.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:42 pm
In addition to signing the petition, I encourage people to browse the WPA Today site -- very interesting!
WPA Today

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:53 pm
Noted, and signed...I'm sure the the Repugs, and Tea baggers will fight something like this...

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:55 pm

For anyone who signs this petition, a letter will go to Obama and their Congressional representatives. Maybe it will light a positive, constructive fire under one of them!

(Hey, I'm a hopeless optimist. LOL)


Past Member (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:57 pm
Signed* Good Idea* Thanks Carole*

Glenda J (158)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:04 pm

Suruna WTF (38)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:12 pm
It is time to invest in and support our populace. That said, how many will interpret my statement as advocating handouts (which, when needed, I'm not opposed to). We should never have disbanded/discontinued funding for the WPA in the first place. It should have it's own chair in the Cabinet, Secretary of the WPA.

Alice C (1797)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:13 pm
Signed and shared !

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:14 pm
I'm for it. My grandfather worked in the W.P.A.. It put the food on the table for a lot of people. Thank you!

David Petrosky (113)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:18 pm
You know, I was kind of hoping that this was half of where Obama was going when he took office and had the Congressional majorities necessary to make it so. One can still hope. Thanks Carole...

Toni C (508)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:23 pm
Noted, signed and forwarded to Facebook. My father worked for the WPA during the Great Depression of the 1930's, and those programs were lifesavers! Too bad no one's thought to initiate something like that to help the unemployed today...

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:27 pm

Unfortunately, the unemployment situation and the issue of creating jobs is being used as another form of blame-placing . . . BUT, NO ONE'S DOING ANYTHING POSITIVE TO FIX IT!

FDR may have had his opponents but, the CCC was one of the most popular and well-regarded programs on all sides.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:37 pm
For anyone who's interested, you can find out more about the PBS documentary online.  (I wasn't able to watch the film, but there is plenty of other information/photos.):
The Civilian Conservation Corps

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:04 pm
Thanks Carole and have you all noticed this one as well? >

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:06 pm
wish somebody would explain to me how to place activated links here... sigh*

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:06 pm
Thank you, Angie!
I missed that one (but have now signed it).  Here's a "clickable" link:

Arielle S (313)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:24 pm
signed with thanks, Carole - it's such a good idea it probably doesn't stand a chance (but then again, who knows!)

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:44 pm
FOUND THE PBS VIDEO (for those who'd like to view).  This was so touching:

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:00 pm
Hi Everyone, thanks for supporting our petition. I'm new to, but I wanted to register just to say "hi" and "thank you!"

With respect to the CCC documentary, I'll actually be posting a review on our "Reviews" page soon. It is indeed an excellent, excellent documentary. What struck me most is that some towns did not want those "dirty" CCC boys near them. And, I thought, "wow," these men replanted much of our country and, in many cases, went to fight in WW2. And yet, they had to suffer the insults, similar to the insults that the unemployed sometimes face today. It's really appalling.

Anyway, if you can spread the word about our petition that would be great. A properly crafted WPA would help the unemployed, help private business, help the economy, our environment, historical places, and so on.

--Brent McKee

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:02 pm

Brent, by the way, is the author of the petition linked to this article.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Brent!


Yvonne White (229)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:05 pm
Great stuff!:)

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:07 pm
#1,2475:06 pm March 20 Yvonne White

Norm C (74)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:07 pm
As a hopeful optimist with an incurable streak of reality acknowledgement, I am hopeful that someone back in DC will turn on a light but am not holding my breath.

The Repugnicants are a treasonous bunch while the Dems are a cowardly bunch. Neither bunch is worth the twine to tie them together.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:10 pm

Well, we can't all just give up and start makin' a batch of Kool Aid! (LOL)


Caree C (249)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:19 pm
Thanks Carole - just signed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:50 pm
You all are great, we really appreciate this. Every time I look up there's a few more signatures. You all are like the cavalry coming over the summit to give us a hand!

When you get some spare time, please visit our "Exhibits" page for some interesting photos: Our elders and ancestors did so much for us--via the WPA, CCC, and similar work programs--and American society seems to have forgotten. We're trying to bring this work to the nation's attention (as are some other groups), and to show that there is a better way to address long-term unemployment.

Thank you!


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:05 pm
WPA "Exhibits" Page:

Robert S (111)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:08 pm
One can not be a hopeless optimist, yet one can be hopelessly optimistic, and I'm glad you are.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:11 pm

Yeah . . . that does sound much better! Thanks, Robert.


Robert S (111)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:26 pm
Thank you for signing "Ask Congress and the President to create a new WPA & CCC for the long-term unemployed "

At your service dear, Just but not just optimistic Carole.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:15 pm
Noted, thanks Carole...signed. It worked before and hopefully it can work again.

Jean M (143)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:42 pm
It really is a great idea. Signed and forwarded.

Robert S (111)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:08 pm
Keynes′ ideas influenced Franklin D. Roosevelt's view that insufficient buying-power caused the Depression. During his presidency, Roosevelt adopted some aspects of Keynesian economics, especially after 1937, when, in the depths of the Depression, the United States suffered from recession yet again following fiscal contraction. But to many the true success of Keynesian policy can be seen at the onset of World War II, which provided a kick to the world economy, removed uncertainty, and forced the rebuilding of destroyed capital. Keynesian ideas became almost official in social-democratic Europe after the war and in the U.S. in the 1960s.

Keynes′ theory suggested that active government policy could be effective in managing the economy. Rather than seeing unbalanced government budgets as wrong, Keynes advocated what has been called countercyclical fiscal policies, that is policies which acted against the tide of the business cycle: deficit spending when a nation's economy suffers from recession or when recovery is long-delayed and unemployment is persistently high—and the suppression of inflation in boom times by either increasing taxes or cutting back on government outlays. He argued that governments should solve problems in the short run rather than waiting for market forces to do it in the long run, because "in the long run, we are all dead."

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:17 pm
Thank you for posting this Carole. I certainly agree to it and signed. I had also passed around the other day another petition for the same thing. Perhaps everyone could also sign this petition as well.

PETITION: Bring back the WPA!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:25 pm

Robert, loved the last line: "in the long run, we are all dead!" True! (Nothing partisan about THAT kind of thinking.)

Sheryl, gladly signed! We need to ALL be supportive and sign EVERYTHING we see concerning this proposal for consideration by our government . . . until one (or more) of them actually reads, agrees and starts the ball rolling.

Here's a clickable link to the True Majority action:

Bring back the WPA!

Pat B (354)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:52 pm
Thank you, Carole for this. I have two members in my family in this situation. I signed!!! Thanks to Brent also!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 7:01 pm

I think we all know several people in this situation . . . sadly!

What surprised me most, when I discussed this with friends after watching the PBS documentary, was how many people have personal family experiences where the WPA/CCC programs from the 1930's held them together in some very tough times.

So, when I discovered Brent's petition at, I KNEW I had to promote it!

I'm also glad that others are adding to the actions we can take -- it's all for the same purpose; and when trying to get the attention of government (already inundated daily with so many various and sundry requests) -- IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO WRITE TOO MANY FOR ONE PURPOSE.

Most of all, I'm glad this energy is being devoted to a CREATIVE issue . . . one that has the potential to positively impact so many people in desperate need right now.

(I'm proud of you guys.)


Mark H (44)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 7:17 pm
that's a stimulus.

Ian Donelson (149)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 7:52 pm
Signed and noted.

H Nick H (1826)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 7:53 pm
Right, it's the STIMULUS, that republicans have kept surpressed so it's not being used. Why? Casuse they have said they will do everything in their power to make sure Obama doesn't win the next election, even if it kills the American people.

WE NEED JOBS. Can't these republicans get that through there rich skulls? We don't need more tax breaks fro the very wealthy, it never works (except for the rich).

John Johnson (37)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:12 pm
Signed. You're right Nick H. They've said this more than once. It' is there agenda.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:18 pm

One thing we need to remember is that none of us should support any candidate or political party more than we revere and respect our families and loved ones, as well as our fellow citizens and their welfare. That is, after all, what represents a country's character.

Even the staunchest adherent to any cause will be forced to "see the light" when they have no job -- or hope of one -- to pay the electricity.

We must keep trying!


Bonnie A (76)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:23 pm
Thanks Carole! Signed, Noted, and shared. This is something we need for the Unemployed: Mine ended last July. It would be a Godsend! Our National Parks and Infrastructure are all in tremendous disrepair. We could bring our Common back and let people know we don't need those who have been holding us down for so long!

Robert S (111)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:39 pm
Thats right Bonnie. When the Corporate carpetbaggers buy up at pennies on the dollar what has been "OURS", our Commons, in this shock doctrine move to have it all, we will have watched our heritage slip away, stolen to pay off a debt, not of our creation, which could have been paid for by cutting back on Military waste and rolling back the tax breaks given the rich during Bush's reign as decider. If you haven't seen FLOW...see it and get mad before its too late and they (Corporate entities) own the only water they haven't polluted. Our water. Sorry to get off track.

Evelyn Z (300)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:55 pm
Noted & Signed Both

Patricia Geller (34)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 9:10 pm
thanks Carol. signed and noted and pleased.

Linda G (187)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 9:24 pm
Signed at, at the Petition site here, and at True Majority and shared with all family and friends. It is a wonderful idea. I have yet to see an idea from the GOP regarding creating jobs (aside from their tired mantra of tax cuts for the wealthy which hasn't worked for a decade). If they have ideas other than tax cuts and "no" I'd sure like to hear them.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 10:56 pm
Noted, signed & twitted. Noticed I now have some data base thingy following me on twitters. Wonder if that is for my animals actions or my political ones:)
Thank you Carole

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 10:57 pm

Awwww . . . Thanks, Kathy!

(Hope you *zap* that thingy!)


James W (255)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 11:10 pm

Linda h (86)
Monday March 21, 2011, 1:59 am
signed. A wonderful idea.

Eileen Novak (444)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:51 am
Makes sense. Won't happen. Our ELECTED leaders rely on their corporate benefactors' endowments. How does this obviously needed plan keep the big-business fat-cats fed?
I'd be first in line for a CCC gig. Instead, I'm staring at THREE degrees and I can't even get an interview. I have lofty goals; hoping one fine day I'll be rejected for a job. That'd be such a grand move forward.
(Heavy sigh.)
Just gonna die anyway, (Buzz kill, Robert.) I'm going back to bed.

Arild Warud (174)
Monday March 21, 2011, 5:08 am
99,841 signatures needed! Thanks "C"

patricia l (317)
Monday March 21, 2011, 7:57 am
Signed #167. thanks Carole for the post.

My sister & I were just talking on the phone about this earlier today. This would get our country moving in the right direction again. I've been saying this for years and include it in my comments to petitions I sign.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:26 am

Oh, there are many, many ways we could bring jobs back home, and that's another thing we must do -- i.e., establish extreme penalties on companies that outsource -- so that's true, Hans.

However, this is the one solution being addressed here that could be enacted much more quickly. Time is really of the essence for our unemployed citizens. As their limit on benefits draws near, they are in perpetual fear of Congress not extending them. I do not have confidence that our current corporate-controlled legislators will swiftly respond to any proposal that negatively impacts their "owners."

The rapidly-approaching prospect of millions more Americans, with NO income (or prospect for earning), losing their homes (and their patience, pride and minds) is an UGLY and frightening one that I don't see being creatively addressed presently (other than lip service and finger-pointing) on either side of the aisle.

Something MUST be done . . . and QUICKLY!


Carol H (229)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:33 am
signed and noted, thanks Carole

Mac R (289)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:33 am
Signed n noted!

patricia l (317)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:37 am
My Dad quit school when he was 15 during the Depression and used an older cousin's birth certificate to sign up for the CCC. He later enlisted in the Army during WWII. both the WPA and teh CCC did much to help the people who had no jobs or money.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:42 am
I really hope people take the time to watch this video (or even listen to it while it plays in another tab).  It's the story of 4 actual CCC workers and what it meant to them to be assured of food, housing and work to earn those things:
The Civilian Conservation Corps

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:53 am
Hi Everyone, thanks for your continued support and comments regarding our petition. I very much enjoy reading the various posts.

We do understand that political feasibility is currently very low. The GOPs slash and burn approach to the budget shows that. But keep in mind that political feasibility is not static. Congress is so dysfunctional now, that anything can happen in the next few months that will mobilize the nation similar to how the Wisconsin public workers were mobilized. I think people are getting fed up with the philosophy that their tax money can be used to bail out the banks but not themselves.

With respect to job outsourcing and trying to get jobs to come back home, we agree that this is a priority and even mention that on our public works model page, here: . We still feel that a modern WPA is part of a larger package of solutions, because there is always some segment of the population that the private sector is disinterested in. In sum, we feel that if someone has exhausted their benefits, and can document a good faith job search, and cannot find work, our government should not be indifferent to them, but offer an option for employment in a public works job reasonably close to their skills and experiences until they can retrain and/or find more regular employment.

Though you don't have to agree with every aspect of our model to sign the petition (the petition does not require adherence to an exact model), I hope you will take a look at it: Let us know if you have any interesting ideas. We like constructive criticism keeps us on our toes! (:


Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 9:02 am
Oh, and I second Carole's promotion of the CCC documentary. It is not only a great documentary on the CCC, but also one of the better documentaries I have seen on any topic. The recollections of the 4 ex-CCC men bumps the documentary up to the "great" level. When one of the men--obviously in his 80s or 90s now--said something to the effect of "I kept going around looking for work....but no one would let me," I got choked up.

It just isn't right for society to say, on the one hand, "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," but then, on the other hand, offer not the smallest opportunity for employment. It's like dangling food 50 feet above the ground and then telling people, "for heaven's sake, just eat the food!"

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday March 21, 2011, 9:05 am

Great analogy, Brent!


Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 9:11 am
Thanks for all that you've done Carole. You've really given our petition a jump start. I think I friended you back correctly just a moment ago! I'm new to all this, so I'm still learning about all the features, e.g., green stars and so forth.

One of the biggest obstacles in this issue-area is the actual organization of the unemployed. If you think of any ideas with respect to rallying in DC sometime this year, or spreading the word about our petition, or networking, please let us know (


Alicia N (87)
Monday March 21, 2011, 9:51 am
Thanks Dear C. for sharing this one with me....... GLADLY SIGNED sweetie and good - good luck.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday March 21, 2011, 10:32 am

Alicia -- It is truly a PLEASURE to be involved in a project this vital, creative and positive!

(And it's great seeing my friends participating.)


Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:02 am
For those interested in seeing a concrete example of how a large scale public works program benefits the private sector, there was a March 14, 2011 article in the Cumberland Times-News (a western Maryland paper) detailing a visit by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. The article details how private businesses benefit from the state parks and forests that the CCC helped create. At the end of the article, a retired forester asks O'Malley to create a new CCC:

We have other examples of how the WPA & CCC were beneficial to private businesses (both then and now) on our "Private Sector" page here:

The question is, of course, why can't we do it again? LOL, I'd answer that question, but I'm sure I'd be preaching to the choir! Thanks everyone for your support!


Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 1:51 pm
Over 200 signatures now, that's great. Thanks everyone. Our government and media is so full of negativity, it's nice to see people who actually believe in America's potential.

Hartson Doak (39)
Monday March 21, 2011, 1:59 pm
This is such an obvious solution. I wonder why the politicians have shunned it? Who is benefiting from all these people out of work, loosing their homes and becoming destitute, Wall Street and the Big Banks? The government is getting all the cannon fodder they can use by keeping people from working. There is a method to this madness.

Melanie Clark (13)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:14 pm
Signed thanks.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:21 pm

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:47 pm
Signed and noted--thanks!

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:18 pm
Wow, things are looking great. You guys & gals rock!


Sandy G (35)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

April Thompson (2)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:36 pm
Signed and noted! What a wonderful idea!

Ron Avila (20)
Monday March 21, 2011, 6:16 pm

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:27 pm
Signed! I thought that this was something that should have been done a couple of years ago. BUT there were the republicans that had to be placated.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:10 pm
Noted good idea

Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:21 am
I DO hope that this workd for you! Signed and shared.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:17 am
Signed both petitions. I hope that they do come up with something where people and companies can both pay a small amount into like Social Security to be there for when people become unemployed or disable.
I'd love to know what type of benefits our local and state government employess get. I bet they have some sort of extra soft cushion to fall back on, to take care of them. So why not allow all people to be treated in the same manner? Thanks Carole

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 2:51 am
noted and action taken

Carole K (195)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 3:08 am
Noted & signed with comment. TY, Just Carole. I love this excellent idea! I have heard my parents & grandparents & other people of their generation recall & speak of the WPA/CCC often. It is clear to me from listening to them that not only was the labor sorely needed and appreciated in America at that time; but as the laborers worked to build and maintain necessary improvement projects, they built a renewed sense of national hope as well. Our infra-structure and our people desperately need such inspiration right now.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:09 am
Thanks for your continued support of our petition. I thought you might be interested in a comment by Congressman Bernie Sanders in the March 21, 2011 edition of Newsweek, p. 26.

He is asked, “Will the new budget help to stop the decline of the middle class?”

Sanders responds: “It’s only going to make a very bad situation much worse. I think most people are not pleased to know that the top 400 families in this country own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent.”

I posted a blog comment about this, as it relates to a new WPA, here:

Please leave a comment at my blog if this topic interests you. Thanks.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:14 am
Question for everyone: What do you think about a "Walk Across America for the Long-Term Unemployed," where I raise awareness and pass out brochures explaining how a modern WPA would benefit the long-term unemployed, private business, environmental & historic preservation, our infrastructure, national defense, etc.

Do you think this would help spread the word, and educate people, or do you think it would be seen as gimmicky? I really don't know much about walks and bikes and hikes across America, other than what I see on TV from time to time. Does anyone have any thoughts or personal experience with such things?

Thanks for your cont'd support of our petition! --Brent,

Sharon Karson (82)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 2:41 pm
They don't allow the hyperlinks in the comments section. In all other sections on Care the box above the comment contains a little yellow HTML button. When you select that the link works. Thanks for the link I will post it on my group as well.

Sharon Karson (82)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 2:51 pm
Angelika, I was wrong. I just posted your link to my Political ACTION Group and that has an insert link button. The HTML button only gets you emoticons there. I hope you don't mind the post. It was credited to you.

Mandi T (367)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:39 pm
Signed petition. Tks Carole

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 8:39 am
We're almost to 400 signatures. Anyone know of any other forums where we can advertise our petition?

Thanks for your support! --Brent,

Great quote:

"Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference."
--Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1936, from the book American-Made by Nick Taylor

Trish K (93)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 5:39 pm
Signed , Noted and Proud to know so many who worked for the WPA with pride during the depression. It helps us to keep our dignity and dreams alive. Thank you J. C for allowing me to be a part of history and I would like to say what a happy and positive uplifting post this has been.

Krasimira B (175)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 9:00 am
Noted with thanks.

michael sullivan (1022)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 3:01 pm
Signed, sealed, and delivered -- I thought Barack Obama campaigned on putting people to work on rebuilding our infrastructure -- what happened?

Carmen S (69)
Monday April 4, 2011, 10:27 pm
This is a fantastic idea I always thougjt Obama should implement. I lived through it and I saw the good it did. Put those men and woman to work instead of giviing them a rifle to go to war.

Ruth R (246)
Saturday February 20, 2016, 2:46 pm
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