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  •  Because of the Vietnam War... (22+ / 0-)

    ...I have a hard spot in my heart when it comes to LBJ. My best friend was killed in Southeast Asia because of his policies. On the other hand, his 1964 state of the union address delivered just six weeks after JFK was gunned down in Dallas contained an important pledge whose benefits we still have with us today even though the goals fell well short of fulfillment even a half century later:

    Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it. No single piece of legislation, however, is going to suffice.

    We will launch a special effort in the chronically distressed areas of Appalachia.

    We must expand our small but our successful area redevelopment program.

    We must enact youth employment legislation to put jobless, aimless, hopeless youngsters to work on useful projects.

    We must distribute more food to the needy through a broader food stamp program.

    We must create a National Service Corps to help the economically handicapped of our own country as the Peace Corps now helps those abroad.

    We must modernize our unemployment insurance and establish a high-level commission on automation. If we have the brain power to invent these machines, we have the brain power to make certain that they are a boon and not a bane to humanity.

    We must extend the coverage of our minimum wage laws to more than 2 million workers now lacking this basic protection of purchasing power.

    We must, by including special school aid funds as part of our education program, improve the quality of teaching, training, and counseling in our hardest hit areas.

    We must build more libraries in every area and more hospitals and nursing homes under the Hill-Burton Act, and train more nurses to staff them.

    We must provide hospital insurance for our older citizens financed by every worker and his employer under Social Security, contributing no more than $1 a month during the employee's working career to protect him in his old age in a dignified manner without cost to the Treasury, against the devastating hardship of prolonged or repeated illness.

    We must, as a part of a revised housing and urban renewal program, give more help to those displaced by slum clearance, provide more housing for our poor and our elderly, and seek as our ultimate goal in our free enterprise system a decent home for every American family.

    We must help obtain more modern mass transit within our communities as well as low-cost transportation between them.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:44:09 AM PST

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