Huffington Post: “Romney Rally At Red Rocks Amphitheatre Raises Spectre Of FDR, New Deal”

File this one under New Deal ironies: a candidate running on a shrink-the-government platform, holding a key campaign event in a CCC-built jewel, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater. Matt Ferner wrote about it this week in the Huffington Post:

“Red Rocks will most definitely serve as a stunning backdrop for what will likely be Romney’s last large-scale rally in the state before Election Day. But as politically innocuous a setting as Red Rocks may seem, its entire existence represents a political philosophy that is in stark contrast to the Romney campaign.

Red Rocks was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a Depression-era public work relief program under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” that put unemployed men, ages 17-23, to work. Over a nine year span, the CCC employed 2.5 million young men which provided them with shelter, clothing, food and a small wage.”

Read the rest of Ferner’s commentary here…..

Look at some beautiful photographs of Red Rocks on this blog.

Rachel Brahinsky is the Living New Deal's managing director and postdoctoral fellow.

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