Douglas, Mark

How Davis-Bacon Fulfills the American Dream

By Mark Douglas

Every American dreams of living a life of health and prosperity. This country was built on that very foundation. Prior to the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, however, many wage earners led only a life of sustenance. Workers were pushed to work extremely long workdays for a very low wage. The low bid practice on government contracts exacerbated the problem by bringing in lower-paid workers from outside the local economy who were often unskilled, thus pushing out the local hires. Construction quality was lowered and workers were not living the American Dream. They yearned to be respected and to be considered a productive member of their community. They wanted to embrace the ideals of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.