The War on Poverty is lost.
The percentage of 18- to 64-year olds who live below the poverty level has increased 30.5% since 1966, two years after Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.Fifty years ago Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty.
“We have declared unconditional war on poverty. Our objective is total victory. I believe that 30 years from now Americans will look back upon these 1960s as the time of the great American Breakthrough toward the victory of prosperity over poverty,” said then-President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
According to a House Budget Committee Report, the federal government spent $799 billion on 92 programs to combat poverty: $100 billion on food aid; $200 billion spent on cash aid; $90 billion on education and job training; $300 billion on health care; and $50 billion on housing, in fiscal year 2012 alone.
According to the Census, there were 26,497,000, or 13.7% of 18- to 64-year olds who live below the poverty level in 2012. In 1966, the same group reported 10.5% living below the poverty level.
This means that since 1966, poverty for 18- to 64-year olds has increased 30.5%. The Census did not report data for this age group in years 1965 and 1964.
Government handouts and encouraging the culture of victimhood haven't secured victory over poverty. Instead, the government has created generations of dependents, and there's no end in sight.
The War on Poverty failed. Case closed.