June 5, 1947: Secretary of State George Marshall has a plan

imageOn this day in 1947, Secretary of State George Marshall delivered a speech at Harvard University in which he called for a massive economic aid program to help Europe rebuild after WWII.

The Marshall Plan, formally called the European Recovery Program, ERP, delivered  $13 billion in U.S. economic support to help Europe’s economy get back in track after the recent unpleasantness.  There was also that little matter of wanting to thwart any plans Uncle Joe might have had.

Amazingly, the plan had bipartisan support in Washington, the Republicans controlled Congress and the Democrats controlled the White House.

Will there ever be time again when both parties stand together to get something big accomplished, that doesn’t require killing anyone?

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