If you watch Ken Burns’ documentary on the Dust Bowl, you see how much help was provided to the poor by FDR’s New Deal. Jobs were provided through the WPA and CCC, people were fed, Social Security was enacted, and on and on. Today, our federal government seems to be missing in action on so many fronts.
For example, we do not have a 50-state plan for controlling the pandemic. Rural hospitals have disappeared in many states, and many hospitals, even in our large cities, still do not have enough medical equipment to combat the pandemic. The coronavirus is killing the poor and people of color at a higher rate than the white population. 3M and other companies are importing masks and other medical equipment from China. Teen suicides are on the rise. America has a homelessness crisis.