Skip to comments.What I Learned Fighting Poverty in Little Rock
Posted on 01/19/2014 10:32:10 AM PST by Captain Peter Blood
It was 1964 and I was a liberal confident that society could be greatly improved by large infusions of money.
With all the talk currently being bruited about the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, I am reminded that for a year, between 1964 and 1965, I was the director of the antipoverty program of Pulaski County, Ark., which included Little Rock, the adjoining city of North Little Rock and the surrounding rural area. I was then 27 years old, appropriately left-wing, and confident that society could be greatly improved with the help of large infusions of money and the serious thinking of people like myself.
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He still believes in Trotsky, evidently.
That $10,000 annual salary wasn’t exactly chump change in the early 1960’s either. While I don’t know what that would be in today’s dollars, it would certainly be a tidy sum.
The part about the tip really is too much. Now if they had decided to “Stiff” someone in a Upscale Bourgeois restaurant that would be one thing. But they decided to do that in small dingy place in a black part of town to a waitress or waiter that really needed that money.
So much for compassion for the “Downtrodden”!!
according to here (http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=10000&year1=1964&year2=2013)it would be $75,147.42. Is that right?
I got $6,200 a year for teaching 7th & 8th grade jr high social studies back then
According to an online CPI calculator I discovered, $10,000 in 1964 is equivalent to $75,000 today. He was earning a very good salary for that job.
Could be with inflation and decreasing purchasing power that might more than the $50,000 I thought.
Yes, your figures are correct. He was earning the equivalent of $75,000+ to do the job.
It would be $78,740 in 2013 dollars.
I read that whole article and still don’t know what it is that he learned???
About $75000.00. Not a small sum in 1964.
Ah yes. Little Rock, home of the Sacred Altars of liberalism. The Central High School, and the Woolworth lunch counter. Now the Clinton Trailer house museum.
I was there about the time the Urban Renewal began in 1965, and lived there just under three years, about the time Justus Jim Johnson was running for Governor.
college Station was the real poverty zone, and some of the other shotgun shack areas.
Haven’t been back since as I’m now closer to Tulsa.
I don’t think he learned much if anything. But he went back to chi-town so that says........he’s still a refugee from dumbassistan. No tip from trotsky? Nice. Too bad you didn’t get the trotskies from eating there.
It’s a lot better now.
I have to think Ole Leon would have left a tip in place like that.
$6,200 = $46,591.40 Today.
He is rather condescending towards those he was supposed to be bringing out of their benighted existences, isn’t he.
Wow. Why in the world did WSJ publish this?
All he does is tell some unrelated anecdotes about his experiences working in Little Rock.
Given the headline, I was expecting something about, you know, what he learned. Possibly about what the causes or cure for poverty might be.
Bump for later. As part of college I did social work in Izard County Arkansas in ‘69 and ‘70, when the government was stepping up the effort to drive the landed-poor off of their land and into public housing.
Bill and Hillary worked in Little Rock too. Well, Bill at least played there while Hillary honed her attack impulses on Bill’s many “lovers.”