After months of deliberation over how to create House Republican consensus on an election-year policy agenda, Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday unveiled a proposal for fighting poverty that identifies a long list of policy ills but stops short of prescribing specific legislative fixes.
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This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won.
The Access Community Action Agency and the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) commemorated 50 years of Community Action with a joint press conference featuring clients, staff from both agencies, local dignitaries, and Congressman Joe Courtney on May 2nd at the Uncas on Thames Shelter in Norwich.
President Barack Obama’s recent speeches at the LBJ Presidential Library and National Action Network marking the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Act had a serious omission. While acknowledging “our work is unfinished,” Obama failed to mention this nation’s worst social trend: the stunning increase of children and youth living in poverty.
Connecticut's Community Action leaders were featured on WNPR's "Where We Live" show with John Dankosky today to discuss the War On Poverty. Panelists included Dr. James H. Gatling, Ph.D, President/CEO, New Opportunities, Inc., Chair of CAFCA; Amos Smith, President/CEO, Community Action Agency of New Haven, Vice Chair, CAFCA, and President, New England Community Action Partnership; and, David Morgan, Vice President, TEAM, Inc., President, Connecticut Head Start Association.
Suddenly, it's O.K., even mandatory, for politicians with national ambitions to talk about helping the poor. This is easy for Democrats, who can go back to being the party of F.D.R. and L.B.J. It's much more difficult for Republicans, who are having a hard time shaking their reputation for reverse Robin-Hoodism for being the party that takes from the poor and gives to the rich.
When President Lyndon Johnson declared his war on poverty on January 8, 1964, almost exactly 50 years ago, 19 percent of Americans were poor. "The richest nation on earth can afford to win it," he reasoned, as he proposed a clutch of initiatives from expanding food stamps to revamping unemployment insurance. "We cannot afford to lose it."
WASHINGTON — To many Americans, the war on poverty declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson has largely failed. The poverty rate has fallen only to 15 percent from 19 percent in two generations, and 46 million Americans live in households where the government considers their income scarcely adequate. But looked at a different way, the federal government has succeeded in preventing the poverty rate from climbing far higher. There is broad consensus that the social welfare programs created since the New Deal have hugely improved living conditions for low-income Americans. At the same time, in recent decades, most of the gains from the private economy have gone to those at the top of the income ladder.