And it’s been over 40 years since President Johnson started the war on poverty. I think poverty won that war. After 40+ years we still have about the same proportion of the population grappling with poverty.
I wish somebody would write an article about the failure of the war on poverty. We can and should discuss the war on drugs. Drugs have caused lots of devastation to our country. But the war on poverty and its abject failure has similarly had huge negative consequences. And these consequences never get talked about.
Nixon’s war on drugs was an evil Republican war, perhaps?
Whereas LBJ’s war on poverty was a good Democrat war.
I thought FDR went to war against pot. And cocaine had been criminalized before that.
We have upwards of 1.5 million otherwise peaceful individuals sitting in OUR tax payer funded prisons for nothing more than simple possession.
Those folks could be working, paying taxes and supporting their families.
We're paying for the WOD and the WOP, coming and going while politicians and corrupt LEOs are raking in the benefits.
“After 40+ years we still have about the same proportion of the population grappling with poverty.”
What’s your definition of “poverty”?
If you are referring to “relative poverty” (e.g. “% of population making less than X% of the average income”) then you are probably correct.
If you are referring to “absolute poverty” (e.g. “% of population unable to afford necessities of life”), then you’re probably incorrect.
By some measures, the “poverty line” today begins where the middle of the middle class was a few decades ago.
YES on the former, & NO on the latter. They are BOTH evil, unconstitutional, unnecessary, & have caused more problems than they have "solved".