It's been over 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, committing Federal Government attention and resources to the longstanding problem of poverty in America. Last year, the 50th Anniversary was "celebrated" by well known granny-starver, Paul Ryan in a special report from his House Budget Committee. Don't bother to read it, however, you've heard it all before from Congresscritter Ryan: we're spending too much, getting too little, and the real solution is to privatize Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, get those lazy moochers out of their government hammocks and deregulate everything in sight.
Should you need a refresher on the War on Poverty, please read the excellent summary here.
Programs Created from the War on Poverty:
-- Social Security expanded for retirees, widows, children, and the disabled.
-- Medicare and Medicaid
-- Food stamps (now called SNAP)
-- Head Start
-- Subsidizing school districts with high poverty
-- Jobs programs
-- Office of Economic Opportunity (dismantled by President Nixon)
-- Work-study programs for college students
Since then, the Earned Income Tax Credit has been added along with a Child Tax Credit to aid working families.
What Paul Ryan doesn't tell you is that our growing poverty, encompassing 15% of America (the largest amount in at least a generation) is being systematically manufactured to grow it even larger. It's been a long road for the oligarchy and their bought and paid for political puppets, but looking back, it's been very systematic and destructive towards the people of this country.
Join me before the orange doodle to untangle the mystery of how they did it.
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