As I listened to NPR’s piece this morning on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, I was struck by the fact that very little has changed. I decided to read President Lyndon B. Johnson’s famous address to Congress. That internet search led me to the March 1964 Special Message to Congress that accompanied President Johnson’s proposed Economic Opportunity Act of 1964—I strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t read it, to take a moment and do so. The message lays out the fundamentals for the creation of what are now today’s safety net programs, programs that are slowly being dismantled.
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