June 17, 1933 - Editorial - Hope for Young Men, by George Lorimer

All manner of schemes have been tried and very large sums have been spent for unemployment relief during the past three years. But no attack upon unemployment yet attempted has in it a greater element of hope and inspiration than the emergency conservation work of the Federal Government. This gives 250,000 men the opportunity of working six months this summer in the nation's parks and forests in return for food, clothing, medical attention, shelter and thirty dollars a month, most of which the workers are expected to allot to their families at home. The forest-camp work will touch only a limited number of men. This group is relatively small in proportion to the total of unemployed, but the project can be made to have a large beneficial effect on public morale and may demonstrate methods with still larger applications in the future.

These young men will put in their six months under wholesome and uplifting conditions. They cannot fail to be better citizens for having spent that length of time in constructive manual labor in forests and parks. Nor can they fail to receive new hope and strength. After all, it is dreary business just to feed people and leave them in idleness. This crop of young men should insert at least a little leaven of bettered morale in the great lump of unemployed youth. (pg. 20)

Comment: Lorimer did not have a problem with reform or relief programs. His concern was that governmental power stay within its constitutional limits, and if additional power was needed in government, those powers should acquired by constitutional amendment and not by violating the Constitution.

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