Give a Man a Job - 1933





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Published on Jan 30, 2009

Can you think of a more timely song?

Anticipating our current president's stimulus package by over seventy years, Jimmy Durante captures the mood of the nation as perfectly now as he does then. It is almost as if you could replace all references to Roosevelt with Obama and the short would be just as powerful as it is hilariously entertaining.

Of course, the NRA in this case is the acronym for the National Recovery Administration, which as part of FDRs New Deal, encouraged employment, a minimum wage and a maximum of weekly hours.

You and you and you and you
Youve got a president now
He gave the land a New Deal
You hold the cards now you deal

You and you and you and you
Put shoulders to the plow
He gave us what we asked for
Now pay him back somehow

Step out in front,
Get back of the president
And give a man a job ...

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