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Ta, Dok. My dad was a WPA artist. I was a CETA artist (writer). Neither of us needed training; we knew what to do. Both programs offered federally funded job training. I think the Climate Corps will outdo both, and I'm very pleased about that.

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I was a CETA employee of the county road department. They wouldn't have hired me if I wasn't already qualified; indeed, I was already a journeyman equipment operator with a commercial drivers license. They gamed the system, got a free employee for a year.

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The MAGA crowd doesn’t want to learn anything new and they certainty don’t want to work. They’re happy sitting around in their own filth in their shitty double-wides. What they care about is what the government does to “those people” they hate. They want retribution for their shitty lives and, in order to have that, they need to keep their shitty lives shitty. Jobs? Yeah, for “those people.”

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I was told by a person this morning, that these CCCs are going to be Biden's way of having a private army, coming into your home and ripping out your gas stoves, and taking away any cars fueled by gas, and make you replace those things with electric, and he'd have his guns ready.

It was not a person in real space/time. Merely a commenter in a very silly place.

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And they're going to replace all his beers with Bud Light!

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Maybe the New CCC kids can rake the forests in Arkansas.

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I'm glad I've got SSDI, it gives me something every month, but if I ever have to work again, I wouldn't mind working for a solar panel company. Those places are probably neat.

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That was a really tame fox news headline it almost made Biden’s initiative sound kind of positive, like something out of the movie Dave. I’m sure their nighttime “opinion“ shows will describe it as some insidious Biden plot destroy our economy, indoctrinate our kids, and put China first.

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OT: MSNBC just had a chyron on, about an hour ago. It said, "Immigrants placing pressure on services in Dem-led cities." Bite me.

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R governors making sure that immigrants place pressure, more like it.

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Senile, dementia-addled OHJB seems to be doing a LOT of good things. For a sleepy-eyed dude, I mean.

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Ministry for the Future, pre-alpha build

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Robertson should try that in a big town.

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Other than being "just" an executive order... bravo! Down this way, AMLO's "Jovenes Constuyendo el Futuro" (JCF) has regular federal funding, and was expanded to cover foreign aid (yes, Mexico provides some foreign aid to other countries) to a few Central American republics with a two-fold purpose. Besides land reclamation and climate change mitagation, it provides a secure income with lowers the incentive to emigrate.

A hopeful sign here is that the odds-on favorite in next year's presidential election just happens to be an expert on sustainable development .

Of course, it helps NOT being a military power, and what military budget increases we've seen are mostly for "Corps of Engineer" type projects... building railroads and the like.

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I don't think 20K is enough.

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I think it should be open for anyone who wants to apply, and also include a higher education program for each track - a trade certification or bachelors or both. For example if you are working in wetlands restoration you could work on a degree in biology, ecology, botany, etc. If deploying solar panels study for electrican certification. And so forth.

So it could also be a path towards a degree for those that can't afford college or didn't make the cut academically.

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In a sense 20k is infinity times more than zero, if we define infinity as 'an arbitrarily large number' and zero as 'an arbitrarily small number'.

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You know they realized it wasn’t scary enough so they had to add diverse in there.

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I'd like to know what qualifies as a "young" person because, like, if I could sign up, I probably would (in fact I did go ahead and fill out the sign-up thing on the website). Seems like a really good thing to do with my life, if it became a real possibility. But yeah, it'll probably be snarled in Republican lawsuits until I'm not even technically young anymore.

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Maybe it shouldn't just be "young" people. I know 40 and 50 year olds (myself among them) that are spry and active and healthy and have a good couple of decades left. Why couldn't that age bracket get in on some of that action if they wanted retraining or a career change, or are in an industry on its way out (like coal mining, etc.)?

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I suspect it's a marketing thing to make it more appealing to the people most likely to support it.....

Also, younger people are in general more likely to be open to switching to a new career.

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I suspect at the very least it's similar to AmeriCorps where some positions, such as team leads, don't have an upper age limit. I'm 43 and currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader.

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FDR's New Deal was the best thing that ever happened to the US. Republicans hated it then, and they hate it, and any offshoots, now.

TL;DR: Republicans hate the US.

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The rich in every country tend to forget that they're rich at the poor's forbearance, and money spent by the government keeping the poor at a bare minimum level of comfort is conducive to keeping the heads of the rich attached to their shoulders. FDR probably saved a good number of plutocrat's lives with the New Deal.

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I read somewhere that, historically, revolutions would occur at a way lower level of wealth inequality than we have now. It's overdue. On some level.

But the level of bright and shiny bullshit acting as distractions is primarily (this article noted) what is keeping that revolution/overthrow from happening.

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SNAP and teevee are the new bread and circuses.

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And social media and porn and smartphones and 24/6 streaming services.

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It honestly wouldn't surprise me if porn is mayor factor why there are so few revolutions. If you're angry and then masturbate you'll feel a lot more mellow.

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We have the chance to have a modest revolution every November - we're just too lazy to actually do it.

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The rage that would normally topple governments and put the king's head on a spike is definitely there. It's all around us: we see it every day. It is the purpose of the right's propaganda networks to direct it at other targets, namely us. And they are disturbingly effective at it.

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This is so true. :(

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These Rethuglicons are authoritarians who hate democracy.

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As long as white Christians were ostensibly in charge, they could pretend to support democracy. Now that Black people and Brown people are attaining positions of power here, they would rather destroy democracy.

It's fucking gross.

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It is a crime against humanity.

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It really is. That is not hyperbole.

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“Biden unveils massive govt work program to fight global warming”

This is actually a borderline fair headline, though I probably wouldn't characterize 20,000 as "massive" in a country of 330 million.

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In a country that regularly adds 175,000 new jobs each week...

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