Skip to comments.LBJ's Great Society: 40 Years Later
Posted on 09/12/2005 5:51:41 PM PDT by StoneGiant
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to a "T"...
Detroit, the 'most liberal city in America' is proof of LBJ's minion socialist thinking.
This is the legacy of LBJ's Great Society.....compassion as defined by Liberalism.
Pure liberalism and socialism. That is how LBJ wanted to buy votes -- the Great Society -- a tragic joke. Just look at Detroit, as the example above states. A very UGLY RESULT.
To find the money for his "guns and butter" programs, Johnson consolidated the federal government's operating budget and the Social Security budget.
As he himself put it, "Mah frens, we've got one pot of money oveh heah...and we're spendin' more than we're takin' in. Thass what we call it a daffacit.
"But oveh heah, we've got anothuh pot of money...and there's more goin' in than is goin' out. Thass what we call a surplus.
"And if we just put the two of 'em togethah, thar'd be as much comin' in as was goin' out. Thass what we call a balanced budget."
Thus was the vault opened up to Congressional raids and Social Security doomed...
Look at the modern New Orleans as well.
Look at the modern New Orleans as well.
Good point. Really shows what the liberals/socialists are really worth to America and its people ---
** NOTHING **
"Ma fellow Americans...I come to you with a heavy heart, and 23% support among ma fellow Americans..."
Sigh, Detroit is the New Orleans of the North.
So, I voted for Goldwater....
Later on we knew that his favorite song was I love a Parade.
This guy did more damage to the fabric of the US than can ever be imagined.
We should never forget the ultra-lib McNamara advertising an airstrike which was outright treason with a loss of an almost entire squadron.
I drove through Johnson City, Texas a couple of years ago, and almost got nauseous.
I couldn't agree with this article more. LBJ did more harm to this nation than most people realize! And now, we are seeing the fruits of his labor?
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Through the CETA program, I got the necessary tools to go to work as a mechanic on the Alaskan pipein. By fronting me the tuition for a semester of trade school, and the cost of some tools, the great society got a working stiff pulling in 2 grand a week and paying beaucoup payroll taxes. So all not bad...
Medicare is bankrupt already. The general budget is covering the deficit.
AFSC was the worst governmental action of the last 50 years (after Roe).
--LBJ War on Poverty Speech, 1964.
"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good"
-- Hillary Clinton, 2004
should have typed AFDC.
Texan Lyndon B. Johnson's "War On Poverty" should give an idea of how Texan George W. Bush's "War On Terror" will play out. Not to mention the War On Cancer, War On Drugs, War On Burger(s)....
Don't forget that "lady"bird (Who made an emense fortune over the VN War!!!) had her own li'l beautification project.
The family of a friend of mine owned a towing/wreckage company. She put slats in their fence to make things more lovely to look at.
Source - I worked at the LBJ Library for about a year. I would cue up the tapes on a reel-to-reel player, put on headphones, and, working a foot pedal to rewind, pause, or fast-forward, transcribe interviews that had been conducted with people who had known Johnson at different times of his life.
Most of the interviewees spoke glowingly, and fondly, of Johnson; even those who were critical of Johnson... And yet, despite everyone's best efforts, what emerged from this Citizen Kane-like mosaic of interviews was not a pretty picture. For nothing could gloss over the fact that Lyndon Johnson was an overbearing, ruthless, sociopathic, power-mad monster. He was politician enough to know how to charm when he had to, but the mask could easily slip, and often did.
He would dictate letters and conduct meetings while sitting on the toilet. He would fondle other women in front of other people, including his wife, Lady Bird. And, if he were walking past the White House swimming pool, he would suddenly strip naked, right in front of everyone, and jump in.
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Good essay...up to a point. A proper essay is supposed to posit a solution for the problem it identifies.
An absolutely perfect description of the "Great Society."
I had many discussions with friends about this in 1964 as it was coming to a head. We all thought it was a bad idea. But none of us came close to predicting the disaster it has become.
If he were around today, I wonder what LBJ would think of what his program has wrought?
This article states that 60 percent of blacks are born out of wedlock, but I've seen statistics that put this number at 70 percent. Before Johnson launched his "Great Society," just 20 percent of blacks were born out of wedlock. This is a staggering figure.
The question is this: how much longer will blacks continue to marginalize themselves by voting for Democrats?
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until voters discover that they can vote themselves largesses from the public treasury. From that time on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury...Too bad LBJ didn't read Tyler.
Doctor Schotic, "Texan Lyndon B. Johnson's 'War On Poverty' should give an idea of how Texan George W. Bush's 'War On Terror' will play out. Not to mention the War On Cancer, War On Drugs, War On Burger(s)...."
Well then that settles it. The War on Communism, the War on Slavery, and the War on Nazism were also farces. So how do want to surrender? Will you convert to Shia Islam or Sunni Islam?
In 1964 I was 21. I meet and shook hands with LBJ in downtown Milwaukee during his campaign. To my everlasting shame, I voted for him in my first election. I can honestly say I have never voted for another democrat.
(I learn quick!)
Obviously George W. Bush didn't read Tyler either. America is turning into a nanny state.
I call it "The beginning of the end" of our great society!
LBJ = dirtbag!
I saw Goldwater on TV once commenting on various political figures he had contact with.He was mostly civil until Johnson came along.It was obvious that he despised the man,his comments were that Johnson came to Washington in virtual poverty and left a multimillionaire.It was not hard to understand the implication of graft and corruption.
"we don't know, he was very generous to Lady Bird".
HA! Damned nice of him, considering SHE was the one with the serious money! LBJ had nothing but his hands in his pockets until he met Lady Bird, and many speculated her wealth was what he loved most about her.
LBJ was a manipulative, backstabbing SOB who would do anything for power. Compared to him, Clinton was a poser and a punk. (But they were probably equals as physical cowards and shameless liars.)
The Caro biographies paint a stark portrait of the mad emperor. He was faithless to everyone, especially his friends.
Worst presidents ever for the damage they did:
1. LBJ (Viet Nam, diplomacy, the welfare state, treasonous cabinet members
2. Clinton (surrender to terror, possible alliances with terrorists, you know the rest)
3. FDR (welfare state, surrender of Eastern Europe to the communists, welcoming communists into government)
4. Carter (for giving us Iran) but forgiven for giving us Reagan.
We saw LBJ's "Great Society" sitting on their butts waiting for the government to save them in NO. Three generations of people with no initiative because the government check is in the mail to keep them alive and voting Democrat...that is LBJ's legacy.
We have fought the war on poverty for 40 years and sad to say but poverty has won. So much for the LBJ legacy.
The article doesn't mention it, but Johnson's "Guns and Butter" program was financed, not only by raiding Social Security, but also by printing money. Along with everything else he ruined, he depreciated our currency drastically. The inflation that hit us after he left office was due to his fiscal policies.
What makes you think he didn't: "From that time on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury..."
I should think he'd be rather pleased at how well it has cemented the black vote for the Democrats.
Agree. In my opinion, he is one of the worst POTUS we've ever had.
Clinton may have been the slimiest
Carter may have been the most incompetent
But LBJ did far more damage to this country than both combined.
And they were right. :)
More than a few here will be offended or angered by that statement. But I completely agree with it.
LBJ`s Great Society programs of the 1960`s set the wheels of liberalism into motion. Let's compare the budget spending associated with human resources, AKA. social welfare spending, in 1965 and bounce them off the budget numbers from 1985 and 2005. To get a clearer picture lets include defense spending from the same years, 1965, 1985, 2005. It's not a pretty picture.
In 1965 under LBJ, the feds spent 30.9% of the budget on human resources. In 1985 under Reagan, the feds spent 49.9% of the budget on human resources. In 2005 under Bush43, the feds will spent 64% of the budget on human resources.
In 1965 under LBJ, the feds spent 42.8% of the budget on defense. In 1985 under Reagan, the feds spent 26.7% of the budget on defense. In 2005 under Bush43, the feds will spent 18.8% of the budget on defense.
As defense spending has dropped dramatically in the last 40 years, spending on social welfare programs has gone through the roof and liberalism is mainly to blame.
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