A Call to Arms in the War on Poverty

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. It was one of the greatest social undertakings of our time, spawning and expanding some of our most successful social programs – Medicare, Medicaid, increased Social Security benefits, a permanent food stamp program, housing programs, and job training. Using these tools, America won many battles in this ongoing war. Social Security alone decreased elderly poverty by nearly 10 percent. Medicaid and food stamps now lift millions out of poverty.Fifty years later, however, the face of poverty has changed dramatically…Read More


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