It has been 50 years since Lyndon Johnson first declared that the nation could, “for the first time in our history,” conquer and win a war on poverty, pledging a “total commitment by this President, and this Congress, and this nation, to pursue victory over the most ancient of mankind’s enemies.”
Reagan: “She wanted a divorce to get an 80 dollar raise.”
Late 1960s – Early 1970s –
Nixon claims the War on Poverty programs led to race riots, “violence and failure across the land.”
Reagan seizes on “the continued backlash against civil rights” to oppose welfare programs.
Bill Clinton’s welfare reform and chastity training for poor single mothers.
President Bush expands food stamps and unemployment benefits.
The 47 percent.
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