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WPA – Travel & Tourism Poster

Via: Shorpy “Always Something Interesting’

This poster was created by the WPA Federal Art Project in New York City to promote New York’s municipal airports, circa 1937.

“City of New York Municipal Airports. No. 1 Floyd Bennett Field. No. 2 North Beach. East River Seaplane bases, Wall  Street and 31st Street. F.H. LaGuardia, Mayor. John McKenzie, Commissioner of Docks.”



Works Progress Administration (WPA)

The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing.

Almost every community in the United States had a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western areas.

The budget at the outset of the WPA in 1935 was $1.4 billion a year. (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP), and in total it spent $13.4 billion.[

At its peak in 1938 it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men (and some women), as well as youth in a separate division the National Youth Administration.

You can read more about the WPA, here:



July 16, 2011 Posted by | U.S. Cities, WPA - posters | , , , | 1 Comment

Palin political committee spent tens of thousands on bus trip

Via: Washinton Post

Sarah Palin’s political action committee spent tens of thousands of dollars covering the costs of the former Alaska governor’s “One Nation” East Coast bus tour this spring — a trip that Palin (R) has repeatedly characterized as a “FAMILY VACATION.”

According to a list of itemized expenditures filed by SarahPAC to the Federal Elections Committee and published Thursday, Palin’s committee spent:

– nearly $14,000 on the “bus wrap” that festooned the family’s tour bus with images of the Liberty Bell, Constitution and American flag

– $10,000 on “logistical trip consulting

– $3,600 to the bus driver

– at least $7,000 on lodging

But the total for the trip is likely much more, because many bills came in after the June 30 filing deadline, Sarah PAC treasurer Tim Crawford said in an interview. In addition, many other expenses associated with the trip, such as photography, videography, Internet fundraising and airfare, are more difficult to account for.

(One item in the report describes $6,999 paid to an air charter company called Republican Presidential Travel on June 9, at the tail end of “One Nation.”)



Fox News – June 23, 2011

Sarah Palin on Wednesday denied reports that her “One Nation” bus tour is winding down. It is on hold while she returns to Alaska for jury duty, she said, but she is “looking forward to hitting the open road again.”

The former Alaska governor responded to the reports on her Facebook page, saying the next leg of the tour will happen “when the time comes” but that nobody should “jump to conclusions.”

“Imagine our surprise when reading media reports today that the ‘One Nation Tour’ has been cancelled. Why  didn’t anyone tell me? Oh, wait, that’s because it hasn’t been cancelled,” she wrote.

Palin said the “coming weeks are tight because civic duty calls (like most everyone else, even former governors get called up for jury duty) and I look forward to doing my part just like every other Alaskan.”



jury duty?



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Krugman – ‘Getting to Crazy’

Via: NYT

There aren’t many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default. But there has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief – of the black-humor variety – in the spectacle of so many people who have been in denial suddenly waking up and smelling the crazy.

A number of commentators seem shocked at how unreasonable Republicans are being. “Has the G.O.P. gone insane?” they ask.

Why, yes, it has.

But this isn’t something that just happened, it’s the culmination of a process that has been going on for decades. Anyone surprised by the extremism and irresponsibility now on display either hasn’t been paying attention, or has been deliberately turning a blind eye.

And may I say to those suddenly agonizing over the mental health of one of our two major parties: People like YOU bear some responsibility for that party’s current state.



Here’s the point: those within the G.O.P. who had misgivings about the embrace of tax-cut fanaticism might have made a stronger stand if there had been any indication that such fanaticism came with a price, if outsiders had been willing to condemn those who took irresponsible positions.

But there has been no such price. Mr. Bush squandered the surplus of the late Clinton years, yet prominent pundits pretend that the two parties share equal blame for our debt problems.

Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, proposed a supposed deficit-reduction plan that included huge tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, then received an award for fiscal responsibility.

So there has been no pressure on the G.O.P. to show any kind of responsibility, or even rationality – and sure enough, it has gone off the deep end.

If you’re surprised, that means that YOU were part of the problem.


You can read the whole column, HERE:



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Rep. Steve King (IA) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Think Progress

KEYES: Obviously any type of deal is very fluid at this point, but in terms of what you would be willing to accept and vote for. For instance, say there were $3 trillion in cuts and just $8 in revenue increases, do you think that’s something you yourself could be supporting? […]


KING: I’m not for raising taxes. I won’t support anything that raises taxes.

Revenue increases are a euphemism for raising taxes.

Closing loopholes, one person’s loophole is the other one’s legitimate business expense.

And tax deduction or tax credit as the case may be. That doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

Let’s send a constitutional amendment to the states for ratification and then start talking business”



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Senator Graham (R-SC) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

‘Our problem is we made a big deal about this for three months. How many REPUBLICANS have been on TV saying, ‘I’m not going to raise the debt limit.’

You know, Mitch [McConnell] says, ‘I’m not going to raise the debt limit unless we talk about Medicare.’

And I’ve said, ‘I’m not going to raise the debt limit until we do something about spending and entitlements.’

‘So we’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves,” Graham told reporters after a GOP caucus lunch.

“We shouldn’t have said that if we didn’t mean it.”



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Senator Corker (R-TN) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

Maybe the debt ceiling was the wrong place to pick a fight, as it related to trying to get our country’s house in order,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Thursday. “Maybe that was the wrong place to do it.”

Speaking from the Senate floor, Corker said Republicans demanded linking the two issues because the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in more than 800 days. “I credit both sides for that,” he said. But now, the inability of the White House and Congress to agree to a spending deal — and ensure a timely debt ceiling increase — is “helping our great nation go into decline.”



Oh, while you’re at it, you might want to mention part of the decline is due to TENNESSEE electing MORONS like you who voted to raise the debt limit SEVEN TIMES during BUSH!

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