*noun*; series of programs enacted by the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) in response to the Great Depression
. This definition refers to the New Deal in US history (as opposed to the current "New Deal" in Great Britain).
The main architects of the New Deal were Harry Hopkins, Henry A. Wallace, and Harold L. Ickes. The chief prigrams were:
--- The Works Progress Administration (WPA
--- the Public Works Administration (PWA
--- the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA
These were set up to address industrial and farming failures.
Other programs addressed a long-standing need:
--- the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC);
--- the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA
), which introduced electrical power infrastructure to much of the impoverished rural South;
--- the Civil Works Administration (CWA
), which supplied electrical power generation;
--- the Federal Depository Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which provides insurance for bank accounts;
--- the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC);
--- the Social Security Administration (SSA);
--- the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA
Brainless scheme concocted by the Blair Government to massage unemployment statistics, or to pour scorn on 18-24 year olds (I'm still undecided).
The whole concept of getting you into work is to send you on training courses (the first for two weeks, the second for SIX MONTHS), where you're supposed to participate in sessions on how to get a job, rather than...trying to get a job. And, even if you do manage to sneak in an application, you have to have your phone switched off - so how can a potential employer contact you?!?
Of course, when you're on one of these courses, you're a "student", not "dole scum", so therefore you help Tony Blair lie to the population yet again. All this for your paltry Job Seeker's Allowance, which they try and cut off (or at least threaten to) without a moment's notice to keep you in line, yet your Advisor never actually pays attention to what jobs you want, or the fact you're overqualified for a GCSE drop-out position.
Do you want to take this position at Marks & Spencer?
A scheme in which they decide to throw jobseekers on promising them the land of hope and glory only to realise that the entire thing is an utter waste of time.
The most mind numbing, soul destroying part of new deal is "Gateway To Work" which should really be named "Gateway To Hell" in which they force you to endure two weeks of learning to write a CV and learn interview techniques which can be easily done over a few days. Even worse is the silly team building games and the reasons why people are out of work including that the are drug users. Even before the end of the course you have a great urge to either slit your wrists due to boredom or jump out of a building window hence the reason the windows are painted shut.
Pass out the razor blades I want to slit my wrists.