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  •  I'll give you civil rights, but I'm not so sure (0+ / 0-)

    about the social programs LBJ created. His legislative chops and common roots made him more likely to create the Great Society. Kennedy called on all Americans to support their government. Johnson knew that some people truly needed help from their government.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:08:35 PM PST

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    •  Expanding social programs is a general liberal (1+ / 0-)
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      ideal.  Whether or not Kennedy did it, a future president likely would have, in some form or another.  LBJ was hardly the only Democrat (or Republican, in ye old days) to be interested in that sort of thing.

      •  Who? Nixon? Maybe if Humphry had been (0+ / 0-)

        nominated and elected it could have happened. But the Powell Memorandum was written in 1971 and the rightward lurch begun. I'm not sure JFK, while compassionate, could understand how people might need to look to their government for help. I'm giving LBJ his Great Society.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:35:05 PM PST

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        •  Are u unaware of JFK (0+ / 0-)

          visiting with poor whites in WVA during the '60 primaries?  Quite a few in that state and unemployment was quite here there at the time, and he needed their votes.  He couldn't help but notice, and be personally affected by, the depth of their poverty.

          Also scenes of JFK getting up early, before dawn, to greet the working man at his factory.

          One of his first acts upon taking over as president was to increase the federal assistance to states for the needy to obtain surplus food.  Not a tax cut for the rich, but a needed govt step up in assistance for the poor.

          Matter of fact, all the Kennedys have consistently been in touch with the plight of the poor.  Ted famously fought often, for instance, for regular and substantial increases in the minimum wage, along with battles for universal health care as a right for all.

        •  If JFK had lived, there wouldn't have been a (1+ / 0-)
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          President Nixon, most likely.  The whole direction of American politics would be different.

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