At the beginning, in 1935, the WPA budget was 1.4 billion a year, over all, the total spent was about 13.4 billion. In 1938 jobs were provided for 3 million men, some women and youths. Between 1935 and 1942, eight million jobs were provided. The stated goal of the WPA was to provide one job for each family in which the breadwinner was experiencing long term unemployment. Most people who needed a job were eligible. No more than 30 hours could be worked by any worker in one week.
Depressions can be devastating and they don’t end of their own accord. We hope that the Republicans, the Tea Party, the citizen activists won’t continue to oppose the president's every plan. We further hope that the grass root citizens will take the time to form for themselves some ideology, for a basis for reasoning and action. For those good Americans who just want to get out there and “do something!” there’s no need to worry. The future will provide more than enough opportunity for citizen participation. Now is the time to study, and to think.