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Refusal to share
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched his "war on poverty," which led to many of the federal and state initiatives low-income Americans rely on today — Medicaid, Medicare, subsidized housing, Head Start, legal services, nutrition assistance, raising the minimum wage, and later, food stamps and Pell grants. Five decades later, many say another war on poverty is needed.
As many as a third of Americans reported serious problems falling behind in rent, mortgage or utilities payments, or being unable to buy enough food, afford necessary medical care, or keep up with minimum credit card payments. Democrats in the last few decades in pursuing, continuing to fight for the ideals of Johnson’s war on poverty. Peter Edelman in 1996, resigned in protest after President Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Act.
It’s the rich who are the basket cases, made so by their selfishness and refusal to share. And in saying the rich, I include all the Western developed nations, the first world, who have so much but give so little in proportion to the great need. America has been living in luxury at the world's expense while other nations are starving. America has had high prices on everything and yet has refused to pay high prices for goods because other nations are so poor and they are glad to get anything.
Ted Rudow III, MA