Private enterprise more efficient than government handouts

Posted: Aug. 24, 2011 8:41 am Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 10:15 am


To The Herald-Whig:

In reference to Aug. 12 letter saying WPA, CCC offered real work, not handouts during the Depression. Yes, Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps offered government jobs, probably with good intent. However, did employees respond with a honest days labor? Is human nature any different today?

I remember one mild winter week near my home when a WPA crew arrived to cut a brush fence row that was about one-quarter mile or less in distance. If a honest, hard worker tried to quickly complete the job he was soon "sidelined" by other crew members who wanted to make the job last as long as possible.

My dad was so disgusted with this performance. He said "two men should have cut and cleared that fence row in half a day and worked hard enough to keep warm, without having to sit in a car." The WPA crew had a lighted kerosene heater in the car's back seat. That was in the days before cars came equipped with heat supplied from the motor.

In regard to reforestation projects, hundreds of honey locust trees were planted. These trees have proved to be very troublesome to land owners and a very poor soil conservation practice.

It seems to me that private enterprise, without countless government restrictions and taxes, is more efficient and productive than government handouts by whatever name you call them.


Marian Shrader



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