My president declares his or herself the Educator-in-Chief on poverty, and uses the bully pulpit to teach Americans. She tells the stories of struggling people and their experiences, and regularly takes us to communities that are used to being dismissed, demonized, and disempowered.
My president shows Americans that people in poverty are not who we have been led to believe they are—some fixed group that has lost its initiative; that, in fact, more than half of us will experience at least one year of poverty or near poverty during our working years. My president recognizes that generational poverty is a real issue.”
The national poverty rate ranges between 15 and 16 percent, about the same as in 1964.
In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” In the 50 years since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs. Adjusted for inflation, this spending (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all U.S. military wars since the American Revolution. Yet progress against poverty, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau, has been minimal, and in terms of President Johnson’s main goal of reducing the “causes” rather than the mere “consequences” of poverty, the War on Poverty has failed completely. In fact, a significant portion of the population is now less capable of self-sufficiency than it was when the War on Poverty began.
The War on Poverty and the $22 trillion has not won the war, nor has it won any major battles. What the war on poverty has done is enslave generations of Americans to the Marxist/Progressive agenda. The Marxist/Progressive Party (Democrats) has purchased a whole block of votes with that $22 trillion. This was the intent and goal of LBJ and all Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) since.
The only way to fight poverty is to have a growing economy that provides real jobs for Americans. Not only does the American with a job provide for his family, but they build personal esteem as well as pride in their country. This is exactly what the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) do not want. It is very difficult for them to control an independent and self-reliant individual.
The answer to fighting poverty and reducing poverty is not through government programs and more redistribution of wealth. If our country’s goal is to fight poverty, then we must promote private businesses. Private business job creation is the answer to reducing poverty, not government programs.
The president this Progressive wants, assuming they truly want to fight poverty, is a president who will fight to reduce personal and business taxes, reduce regulations, terminate Obamacare, and require all welfare recipients of any kind to retrain and or work for their welfare check. This will not only reduce poverty; it will help preserve a free and independent United States.