Poverty since 1970

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    LBJ's Great Society...that's when the entitlement spending really took off.

    The two main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and racial injustice.

    • Today, we're spending in excess of a $1.5 trillion dollars a year on LBJ's vision*
    • We now have over 150 million households getting handouts
    • Since 1970, means-tested entitlements have increased by 5,500%, while the regular rate of inflation during that period was 4%
    • Wars and defense contribute a ton to our $16 trillion debt but entitlements contribute even more

    Clearly, we've tried HARD to fulfill LBJ's dream.

    How's it worked out? Poverty been eliminated? Hint: The poverty rate is up about 2% since 1970...bummer. But hey, the Black man thriving, right?

    At what point do we begin the think that maybe all this spending and entitlement is doing more harm than good?

    *Entitlement Spending Chart United States 1970-2011 - Federal State Local Data
     
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    More money! Throw more money at the problem!

    Someone else's money of course...:eusa_eh:
     
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    But of course!
     
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    Poverty is one of those subjective terms...as long as someone has less than another, they'll be considered poor. You can never truly get rid of it.

    What can I say though? I'm a stickler for seeing people not starve. In all seriousness, how should it be done in your opinion?
     
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    Yeah, LBJ's war on poverty has been a rousing success.

    Have loads of folks living off welfare, medicaid and every other taxpayer funded program out there.

    Kinda have to wonder why theres any poverty left. Man that shit should be wiped out by now.
     
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    The same way we did it from the founding of the country until the progressive began to take over in the early 20th century. During the first 140 years of the country, the American experiment of inalienable rights and limited government resulted in more poor becoming middle class and more middle class becoming rich than at any time in the history of the world. Then the Progressives came along, believing they know better, and inched us back, step by step towards more and more central planning. The result? The poor are no better off, we're in horrible debt, and the concept of liberty has been severely eroded.

    How should it be done? By keep in the federal government out of the business of charity and within the enumerated powers in the Constitution. That's my opinion.
     
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    No defenders of LBJ's dream?
     
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    Granny says dat's why she needs dat 2nd stimulus check...
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    Census: New gauge shows high of 49.7M poor in US
    Nov 14,`12 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranks of America's poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account medical costs and work-related expenses.
     
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    While your argument is not absurd, your facts are. I won't get into all of them, but I will address the most absurd, which is your statement that over 150 million households are getting handouts. There are only around 112 million households in the US total.
     
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    WOW! That's a pretty good rabbit trick! To have 150 million households getting handouts WHEN we only have 117 million households in the USA! :clap2:
     

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