Tuesday, January 08, 2008


This Day in the History of Democratic Sisyphean Projects

On this day in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. 44 years later, the percentage of poor is exactly the same as it was at at that time, but the American taxpayers are out $11 Trillion, with a T. While the standard of living of most of the poor in America is about the same as the lower middle class in the rest of the world, nothing Johnson did or started caused that.


Dear Roger,
What would you estimate the percentage of poor would be if he hadn't declared a war on poverty? Do you think poverty will lessen with no attention paid to it by the federal and state governments? Do you think it will remain the same, whether the government gets involved or not? Do you think there is any reason for government to get involved with trying to assit the poor? Your posting doesn't make your position clear.
Yeah, 1) Just what it is now; 2) Welfare in all its forms doesn't end poverty, however a quality education can--so the state and feds can help fight poverty with good educations (so far, as far as I can tell, they are failing badly); yes it will remain the same until a big recession hits; the government has to step in only if private charity (generally church related) can't do it. It is my opinion that private charity can handle it at the rates we've had for the past 40 years. Thanks for your questions.
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