Johnson's Great Society

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    It turned out to be a massive failure.
     
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    Our poorest citizens have refrigerators, air conditioning, big screen TVs and plenty of beer and smokes.

    Seems like it worked out pretty darn good.
     
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    Before the so called 'great society', poverty in America was on the decline, impressively so. When JKF's tax rates kicked in, the economy took off and poverty declined further.

    Unfortunately, when we began spending heavily on entitlement programs around 1970, that downward trend in poverty ceased. Even worse, since we began the massive re-distribution until today, poverty is up. Spending on entitlements and the increased reliance on government has made the problem worse. It's irrefutable.
     
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    The Great Society saw government as providing a hand up, not a handout.

    How's that working out? Is that war on poverty ever gonna end? The Feds have poured billions and billions of dollars into poor urban neighborhoods. How's that working? Let's talk about the state of affairs in the inner cities?

    Just want to note:

    The following are not "rights" even though the Great Society and beyond have led too many people to believe such.

    The "right" to a job.
    The "right" to health care.
    The "right" to retirement pensions.
    The "right" for someone to buy our food when we are destitute or poor.
    The "right" to get a "paycheck" even though you don't work.
     
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    The two main goals of LBJ's great society was to end poverty and racism. So, while we actually made poverty worse, the Black man is thriving, right? :eusa_shifty:
     
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    Not to mention that the official definition of "poverty" is a political decision and it's been changed many times over the years in response to public pressure or someone's agenda.
     
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    Pretty good for $16 trillion in debt, eh? :badgrin:
     
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    THe liberal's Great Society and War on Poverty amounted to a near genocide against American blacks

    we could survive slavery, we could survive Jim Crow, but we could not survive liberalism- Walter Williams

    Even in the antebellum era, when slaves often weren’t permitted to wed, most black children lived with a biological mother and father. During Reconstruction and up until the 1940s, 75% to 85% of black children lived in two-parent families. Today, more than 70% of black children are born to single women. “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, what the harshest racism couldn’t do,” Mr. Williams says. “And that is to destroy the black family.”
     
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