A half-century later, who’s winning and losing The War on Poverty: Jeff Coleman
Every few months a kind reporter from a respected news outlet calls me to respond to some seemingly left-field, verbal smugness by a fellow conservative about poor people.
For the most part, I explain that it was probably just an awkwardly expressed difference in the way we believe poverty should be confronted. The issue is tinder for talk radio and scares away far too many politicians who genuinely care, but are skeptical of rotary-phone era government programs.
January 8, 2014 will mark 50 years to the day that President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America,” forcefully arguing that a major national investment was needed to honor the promise of civil rights.
Government would help those willing to train for jobs, hone skills, continue education, and get respectable housing and even find employment in one of the new, anti-poverty agencies and departments. From that moment until today, with few interruptions, this total war to erase poverty from the American story would be funded with an open checkbook.
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