Saturday, October 29, 2016

Unfulfilled Dreams

If I had to explain what life was like for my paternal grandfather, who traveled in the caboose of freight trains working for the Northern Pacific Railway, I would be remiss to leave out the impact of the Great Depression. Two photos I would like to show people inclined to support repeal of Social Security, Food Stamps and Medicare--all of which came out of the New Deal programs under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt--are the one of a crowd outside the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, and the photo of an Oklahoma family living in a shanty. While Jesse and Edith Taber had union jobs to get them and their three kids through the Depression years, they daily witnessed hungry families and transients passing through on their way to unfulfilled dreams.


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