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Great Society's decline: The high cost of Lyndon Johnson's grand project
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/will051714.php3#.U5HatS-uyBR ^

Posted on 06/06/2014 8:15:58 AM PDT by TigerClaws

tanding on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

Fifty years ago this Thursday, at the University of Michigan, Johnson had proposed legislating into existence a Great Society. It would end poverty and racial injustice, “but that is just the beginning.” It would “rebuild the entire urban United States” while fending off “boredom and restlessness,” slaking “the hunger for community” and enhancing “the meaning of our lives” — all by assembling “the best thought and the broadest knowledge.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: greatsociety; lbj; poverty
"In 1964, 4% of A/A children were born out of wedlock. That number is 73% today"

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jul/29/don-lemon/cnns-don-lemon-says-more-72-percent-african-americ/

1 posted on 06/06/2014 8:15:58 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

There will never be enough money to end the war on poverty and there will never be enough armed federal, state, and local LEOs to end the War on Drugs.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 8:18:40 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: TigerClaws

>> “the hunger for community”

That’s socialist code for abdicate responsibility and make government your daddy.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 8:21:34 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Ray76

‘zackly.


4 posted on 06/06/2014 8:26:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Ray76

Of course. That kind of paternalistic government appeals to lazy and greedy freeloaders.

‘Lazy and greedy freeloaders’ defines a massive element in America these days.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 8:28:20 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: TigerClaws

Lyndon Baines Johnson is the WORST president America ever had.

B. Hussein is a close second and may overtake Johnson someday, but the social, economic and moral fallout from the LBJ years still haunt us today.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 8:30:27 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: TigerClaws

…end poverty and racial injustice – Nope, it didn’t do that

…“rebuild the entire urban United States” – Nope, that didn’t happen

…fend off “boredom and restlessness,” – Nope, no progress there

…slake “the hunger for community” – Nope

…enhance “the meaning of our lives” – Nope

No program in the history of our country has been as big a failure as LBJ’s “Great Society... ”

…yet.

It’ll take a few more years (assuming we last that long) for Obama’s “Fundamental Transformation” to equal it.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 8:35:47 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: TigerClaws

Jeb Bush says he wants to govern like LBJ. His brother was in that mold , too.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 8:37:51 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: TigerClaws

I once asked Tom Moorer why Lyndon Johnson did not go to Congress to get a formal declaration of war for the Vietnam “police action.” He growled back: “Because he thought it would interfere with his great society.” So the choice was between being victorious for the people whom we later betrayed on the one hand and destroying the American family and morality on the other hand.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 8:39:17 AM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: TigerClaws

LBJ’s stated goal for the Great Society was “to keep the n*****s voting for us until the end of time.”

In that he has succeeded beyond his wildest imagination.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 8:57:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TigerClaws

My parents and other family-mostly ranchers-said he was already deep into corruption and the mob when he was a senator, and I believe it-and it only got worse-I’d campaign harder than I ever have for someone who would take a huge ax to all his great society programs...

He gave us a welfare system that has turned the urban poor into the urban Roman mob, killed ambition and the desire for success through legitimate employment in lower income families-and that has persisted for three generations now, it is responsible for increasing numbers of children having no fathers involved in their upbringing and the resulting crime and lack of a work ethic.

LBJ actually had total contempt for Blacks and Latinos-he used the words “n***ers” and “meskins” in private all the time.

His foolish actions and courting of the left put us in a no-win situation in Viet Nam-Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?

We should burn a truckload of EBT cards every year in his memory...


11 posted on 06/06/2014 9:06:40 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Moonman62

If that is so, Jeb Bush is even more a legend in his own mind than I had thought...


12 posted on 06/06/2014 9:08:08 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Lyndon Baines Johnson is the WORST president America ever had. B. Hussein is a close second and may overtake Johnson someday, but the social, economic and moral fallout from the LBJ years still haunt us today.

I tend to agree.

But Hussein is doing his best to equal the LBJ disaster.

13 posted on 06/06/2014 9:10:32 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Lyndon Baines Johnson is the WORST president America ever had.”

While Johnson, Carter, and zero all deserve a special place in the idiot hall of fame, a hundred years from now, clintoon will have passed them all. While clintoon was better at hiding his destruction, his destruction of America was much more far reaching and significant. When the second American Civil War begins, the roots will be clearly traced back to the eight years of clintoon.


14 posted on 06/06/2014 9:28:17 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: TigerClaws

I guess 20 trillion dollars of wealth redistribution just wasn't enough.

15 posted on 06/06/2014 9:33:39 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Do you have the source of that quote? It’d be fun to have.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 9:37:35 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I think the almost exact quote was that LBJ “would have the n*****s voting Democrat for the next 100 (sometimes I hear 200) years.” Also a terrible part of LBJ’s legacy is the Immigration Act of 1965. Import the Third World, become the Third World.


17 posted on 06/06/2014 9:58:45 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Texan5

It is so.

http://209.157.64.200/focus/news/3156486/posts?page=1


18 posted on 06/06/2014 10:04:33 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: TigerClaws

Doesn’t matter. He got the democrats 30 more years of holding the congress, and that was the point.


19 posted on 06/06/2014 10:18:49 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: Texan5
he used the words “n***ers” and “meskins” in private all the time.

There was a comedian that did a pretty good LBJ, one of his routines was pretty funny.

One liner went like this.......Just when I learned to say knee-gu-row, they went and changed it to Black.

Sorry I don't remember the comedian's name.

20 posted on 06/06/2014 11:13:05 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: itsahoot

I remember the routine, but not the comic, either. It is too bad LBJ wasn’t really inept-he would have done a lot less damage.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 11:41:06 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Moonman62

What a dumb thing to say-I hope that means he is toast...


22 posted on 06/06/2014 11:42:09 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: itsahoot; Texan5

Murray Roman.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 11:44:02 AM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Publius

Thanks!


24 posted on 06/06/2014 12:32:25 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Publius
Murray Roman.

Nope, the guy I am thinking of is white/Jewish, he may of, however stole the joke, as was often done back in those days.

25 posted on 06/08/2014 10:03:38 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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