In response to conservative approaches to the recent debt crisis, economics professor David Weiman envisions the United States without Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. His article appeared in The Washington Post. An excerpt:
Without the New Deal, New York commuters would be without the FDR Drive, the Triboroughand Whitestone bridges, and the Lincoln and Queens-Midtown tunnels. There would be no air traffic at LaGuardia and Reagan National airports. D.C.’s Union Station, wired for electricity during the New Deal, would have a very different food court. Between New York and Washington, Amtrak runs on rails first electrified during the New Deal.
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Prof. Weiman is the Alena Wels Hirschorn ‘58 Professor of Economics. He specializes in 19th and 20th century U.S. economic history and the political economy of contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy. His research in economic history focuses on the evolution of banking-payments and telecommunications networks.