POSTED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 2:20pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The war on poverty turns 50-years-old Wednesday.
This was was declared by President Johnson when I was just a child in 1964 and I heard about it almost every day of my life growing up.
Even as a kid, I may have not known what the war was, but I knew there was one because you heard it on every national newscast.
Back then, the Vietnam War was raging, but it ended. The war on poverty is still being fought, and like the Vietnam War, I think our goals were too nebulous and a satisfactory ending will never be reached.
I've heard we are spending $15-trillion to fight the war on poverty. 15 percent of Americans are living in poverty and that's right about where it was most of the time.The numbers fluctuated a little, but not much.
LBJ's goal, at least what we were told, was to give people a better chance to escape poverty and let people work their way out.
Instead, we started expanding government like no one's business and we still are. We have "the department of this," and "the department of that," and are spending money like sailors on leave. Liberals still say we didn't spend enough. But, it's quite obvious to me, no amount of spending will ever be enough.
Instead of extending the hand we are all told we were obliged to do, we' ve just made more and more people addicted to the federal government. It seems to me when it comes to the war on poverty, instead of creating a ladder, we've created a bigger dependence on government.
You know who won the war on poverty? That would be the federal government.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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