Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The New Deal was designed for economic recovery, yet the New Deal did not achieve an economic recovery. This by definition makes it unsuccessful. The new deal did more damage than good. It actually had limited economic progress. The unemployment rate never fell below 14 percent, and the New Deal was able to maintain an average unemployment rate of only 17 percent.
During the time of the New Deal the federal government had begun to change. The federal government became an authority figure among the fundamentals of business and classes of society, helping some groups while limiting the power of others. Picking and choosing winners and losers. At the end of the 1930s, business found itself competing for influence with an increasingly powerful labor movement (unions), thus creating special interest groups. This was accomplished by creating a series of government institutions that permanently expanded the role of the federal government. One of the strongest legacies the New Deal left behind was to make the federal government a protector of interest groups and a supervisor of competition among them.
New Deal had engaged in large deficit spending. When the Gallup poll in 1939 asked, “Do you think the attitude of the Roosevelt administration toward business is delaying business recovery?” the American people responded “yes” by a margin of more than two-to-one. Even the Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau wrote: “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before, and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and now if I am wrong somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosper. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. I say after eight years of this administration, we have just as much unemployment as when we started, and enormous debt to boot.”
Glenwood Springs Elementary School has been serving the community since 1912. Currently, the campus provides public education for nearly 600 preschoolers to fifth-graders. We have great students and a wonderful staff, but our facilities are in need of improvements, and our kids are in need of up-to-date technology in order to ensure they receive the best education we can provide.
This year, our Partners In Education is trying a new approach in hopes of raising money to improve our children’s education. In an effort to bring the most needed improvements and most sought-after technology advancements we can bring to our school, we began our fundraising efforts with recent Kid’s Night Out events. The kids enjoyed dinner, games and movies over two nights that were catered to their entertainment. Combined, we served nearly 200 children. It was a huge success on all fronts. We appreciate all of the parents who supported our school and dropped off your children for these great events.
Thanks to all of the parents, teachers and administrators who helped make this the most talked about event around school: Jeannie King, Rick Sorensen, Maria Contreras, Sarah Ball, Tina Schrader, Michelle Like, Jeri Cable, Jen Holmgren, Sonya Hemmen, Juliette Caro, Shanley Mangeot, Sally Fuller, Wendy Glawischnig, Rich Passey, Teresa Byrd, Dienna Swigert, Amy Connerton, Diana Kaufman, Dave Anson, Allison Balis, Megan Trebesh, Danielle Evans, and our teen helpers, Grace and Hanna Nilsson and Tiffany Byrd.
We would like to express our gratitude to Domino’s Pizza, Target and City Market for their generous support of GSES and for providing dinner, desserts and beverages. Your sponsorship is so greatly appreciated.
We also want to give our huge appreciation to ServiceMaster for coming in over winter break and cleaning our dining den floor. The carpet looks so much better, and we are truly grateful for all of your hard work.
The success of our children depends on the support of their community. We are lucky to be surrounded by individuals and businesses that are willing to give so generously to our children.
Glenwood Springs Elementary School
Is anyone paying attention? Is anyone outraged? If not, go see “Inside Job” at the Wheeler this week. Hats off to the Filmfest Academy Screening committee/Wheeler Film Society for presenting this “Wall Street-damning documentary,” as well as “The Company Men.” Both films show that it was not those “pesky homeowners who bought houses they couldn’t afford” that threw this country and the world into the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. It was Wall Street and the mega-banks, in the crime of the millennium.
Foreclosures in PitCo and GarCo have broken all records two years in a row. Attorneys general throughout the country are conducting investigations into big bank mortgage fraud. More than 5 million homes have been seized so far by banks who in fact lack legal standing to foreclose, and another 5 million homes will likely be seized. There has been a coup in this country – an insidious takeover facilitated by our belief in bottom-line profit as the only mechanism to prosperity. This Industrial Age mindset has been robbing our children of their spirits for centuries – creating educational systems that provide the workplace with the “survival of the fittest” mentality needed to operate a competitive economic system.
This entire system is collapsing – look around you – ask those smiling folks behind you at the grocery store what is really going on in their lives. We are like chickens with our heads cut off, running around as though everything is OK. Well, everything is not OK, and the chicken eventually figures out it’s missing its head and drops.
What’s been missing is the heart, and systems with no heart can’t survive. The human spirit will prevail. There’s a new American Dream waiting – one of cooperation, caring, nurturance, trust.
Go see “Inside Job.” Director Charles Ferguson closes the film with a call to action: “Some things are worth fighting for” he says, as the camera flies over the Statue of Liberty. Are we going to stand up and “fight the good fight?” I think it’s time.
Connie Baxter Marlow
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