Sunday, January 5, 2014

Annie Lowrey of The New York Times: The 50th Anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty

President Lyndon B. Johnson

Annie Lowrey's article at The New York Times is linked below.

Annie Lowrey: The Legacy of LBJ's War on Poverty

"To many Americans, the war on poverty declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson has largely failed. The poverty rate has fallen only to 15 percent from 19 percent in two generations, and 46 million Americans live in households where the government considers their income scarcely adequate.

But looked at a different way, the federal government has succeeded in preventing the poverty rate from climbing far higher. There is broad consensus that the social welfare programs created since the New Deal have hugely improved living conditions for low-income Americans."

---Annie Lowrey, The New York Times 

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