On Sequestration and the New Deal

In his blog this week, Maryland Living New Deal research director Brent McKee weighs in on sequestration, the parks, and how it all connects to New Deal politics:

Protect Your Parks“The across-the-board federal budget cuts (the so-called “sequestration”) is set to take place in just a few days. Tracie Cone, of the Associated Press, recently reported on how these cuts are likely to impact the National Parks, e.g., closed sections, less presentations for school children, and less frequent trash pickup.  (“National parks prepare to limit attractions if budget cuts take effect,” Associated Press, February 23, 2013, found in the Cumberland Times-News).

This is interesting for two reasons. First, because it shows the stark contrast between how we are fighting our current economic doldrums and how we fought the depression of the 1930s. And second, because it has to make one wonder why we would cut back on something that has an economic benefit higher than its cost… ”

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is Project Manager for The Living New Deal. He is a trained cultural historian who teaches courses in U.S. History at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

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