I was born during the Depression in the 1930s when our unemployment rate was about 25%, not 6% as it is today. The country was broke and millions lacked the basic necessities. When the Depression began, there was no unemployment money, and society lacked the infrastructure that is common today. But, in those dark days, this is what was available:
1. Each month in our poor neighborhood, a nurse checked out the health of each child. Yes, schools had nurses for children.
2. We had five FREE COLLEGES in New York City. Tuition was $25 a year.
3. Millions were put to work rebuilding our infrastructure, roads, bridges, airports, etc..
4. Youth were given meaningful work in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
that was then, today is now.