Discussion in 'Politics and Current Affairs' started by Crude, Aug 15, 2011.
I mean for a wealthy country like the US...
I believe when FDR started the War on Poverty, it was around 19%. So 4 decades later and about $14 trillion, we managed to get it down to 15%. Sounds like a pretty good investment, no??
We did'nt "get it down" to 15%, we are "back up" to 15%. There is a big differance....
About 12 trillion of that money was spent by republican presidents to feed the rich. Just to be fair.
Oh please dont get me started on that.
I believe the "War on Poverty" was LBJ, not FDR. Roosevelt was New Deal. We still had segregated schools and quite a bit of discrimination at the time. Schools also discriminated by putting those students that looked like college material in more advanced classes. Everyone else was geared for a trade. You could not mix the 2 curricula. If you were in a trade class and wished to take Spanish, you couldn't.
If you were in the college courses, you could not take accounting.
Indeed, LBJ was to blame. The democrats always screw it up and it has been a dismal failure.
Ok, just have to ask.
LBJ cited the great society which was the ideals of "The New Deal part 1" and the "New Deal part 2". The "war of poverty" was just a massive expansion of government intervention into economic affairs that was started by FDR. Futher more, the "war against poverty" was finally expanded to the full extent today, and doubled in size from LBJ, by Nixon and Ford, both republicans.
Maxey, how did it fail?
Teacher, teacher, as my hand is waving franticly, call on me: The Reagan Revolution.
Hmm... Who left the country in better shape upon leaving office, Clinton or GW?
Craig T. Nelson on Government Aid - YouTube
As far as Food Stamps are concerned, I have seen both sides of the issue. When I was in HS I worked at a local Hypermart (Walmart supercenter proto-type) and I had this one woman come to my lane, she had over $150 in groceries (A lot of it in filet mignon) and 1 bar of soap. When the register rang up her items, she paid most of it in foodstamps but couldn't pay for the soap in food stamps. Her remaining total after she paid in food stamps was about $3.00 so she reaches into her purse, pulls out a WAD of HUNDREDS and pays me with a hundred dollar bill.
The system is indeed broken, but that doesn't mean that we just yank out the safety net for the millions of people (which includes children) that depend on food stamps. And from what I've heard, Food Stamps isn't just a welfare program, but it's also a subsidy for the food industry. If we took the food buying power out of millions of peoples' hands then there would be a surplus of food which I say would cause food prices to go up.
And as far as the story I saw about some states considering allowing McDonalds to accept food stamps as payment, I say that's a load of crap. If you can't afford to buy food to begin with, if you're getting a handout, at least get your broke ass in the kitchen and cook!
So what do you do if you dont have a kitchen to cook in or even a house?
The Republicans didn't do so well, either:
Promising a Chicken in Every Pot — Infoplease.com
Hoover was Republican.