Vern

The 2020 United States presidential election may set a record in the number of candidates ready to risk their futures on the best and worst job in the world. I think there may be 20 to 30 candidates crowding our TV screens.

This column will cite how to be the most presidential of them all, with tips that have worked best

in the past.

Here they are:

• Create a Civilian Conservation Corps to provide work camps for 250,000 men ages 18-25.

• Establish a Federal Emergency Relief Act to distribute money to states and localities for relief.

• Create the U.S. Employment service.

• Set up a means to help home owners refinance mortgages.

• Establish the Civil Works Administration to provide funds to such authorities as mayors and governors for public projects including roads, bridges, school construction, park restoration and other infrastructure.

• Order the founding of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) creating more jobs at a rate of 2 million a year.

• Establish a Good Neighbor Policy to promote friendly relations with nations all over the world.

Review the Social Security Act to provide old-age assistance to Americans.

As you know by now, I’m citing some of the urgent, innovative programs championed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, after he took office during the Great Depression in 1933.

My friend, Bill Warford loaned me a book titled “The Last 100 Days” by David B. Woolner. It’s subtitled “FDR at War and at Peace.”

During that era, Roosevelt — badly crippled by polio and other ailments — was the commander-in-chief in charge of U.S. military forces in two ongoing wars, in Europe and the Pacific.

Much of the book involved the extremely tricky negotiations with the Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in Yalta, Crimea, in early 1945.

Here are some of Roosevelt’s accomplishments before his death on April 12, 1945, while he was serving in his fourth term:

• He rejected the “America First” movement.

• In place of high tariffs and restrictive trade practices, FDR embraced the free movement of capital and freer trade.

• During World War II the U.S. produced 300,000 military aircraft, with a portion going to our allies via the Lend Lease program.

• The number of American men and women in uniform — and not working in American industry — had climbed from a paltry 186,000 in 1938 to about 16 million.

• Roosevelt initiated the Manhattan Project which brought about the dawn of the nuclear age.

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