Being Serious About a War on Poverty

January 17, 2014

This month we recount President Lyndon Johnson announcing in his 1964 State of the Union an “unconditional war on poverty in America,” fifty years ago.  He said, “Our chief weapons in a more pinpointed attack will be better schools, and better health and better homes, and better training and better job opportunities to help more Americans, especially young Americans, escape from squalor and misery and unemployment rolls where other citizens help to carry them.”  It is this myriad approach that many rail against today, believing that efforts such as Medicaid, Head Start, federal training programs and urban renewal failed.

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