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When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor

by Andrew Korybko, RINF:

The poverty rate in the US would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967. ~Tom Eblen

It has been 50 years since America launched the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act and legislation to outlaw racial discrimination were the centerpieces of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s vision to create a Great Society.

Today, rather than a war on poverty, we seem to have a war on the poor. Wealth inequality is growing. State support for education is withering. Social safety-net programs are under attack in Congress. Many Americans believe that if people are poor, it’s their own fault. The only “solution” for poverty that many people advocate is allowing companies to create jobs offering wages too low to support a family.

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