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(Telegram)   Poverty rate has only dropped from 19% to 15% since Lyndon Johnson declared war 50 years ago, but it would be 271% without his heroic intervention   ( divider line
    More: Unlikely, Lyndon Johnson, poverty line, intervention, private sector, Jason Furman, Roaring Twenties, cash assistance, real income  
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1191 clicks; posted to Politics » on 05 Jan 2014 at 12:57 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-01-05 01:28:28 PM  
3 votes:

jjorsett: You phrase it as though he never left.

Sh*t on a carpet stinks even after you clean it up.
2014-01-05 03:05:24 PM  
2 votes:
I was told it was under 5% since owning a refrigerator means you're no longer poor.
2014-01-05 01:58:52 PM  
2 votes:

jigger: Also, this graph is obligatory in this thread.

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I remember those days.  Before Johnson, black people never had the blues.  Blind Willie McTell had a hit single called "Don't Worry, Be Happy."  I love that song.
2014-01-05 02:14:26 PM  
1 vote:

EmmaLou: NewportBarGuy: I shudder to think what it would be without the social safety net.

I imagine something like a 3rd world cesspool, where the elderly peddle dying flowers to tourists and people who live in cobbled-together shanties bathe in filthy rivers.

After spending the last month in Sri Lanka, it's horrifying what happens to the poor when there is nothing to catch them when they're down.

The poors should simply be more bootstrappy and buy lobbyists, judges, and politicians in order to make federal economic policies which favor them for decades. It works for the rich.
2014-01-05 02:08:01 PM  
1 vote:

jigger: What did he say the government should do about it? Force everyone to tithe?

Forced participation at the point of fire and brimstone for all eternity to your head.
2014-01-05 02:01:42 PM  
1 vote:

jigger: sarajlewis83: Catholic Paul Ryan and others of his ilk would be best served by looking into their own Bibles: the parable of the Good Samaritan and the story of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25 are excellent places to start. For all his 3 years of ministry, Jesus didn't say much at all concerning same-sex relationships, but He sure talked about those poors, and how all Christians are ordered to relate to them, quite a bit.

What did he say the government should do about it? Force everyone to tithe?

Ahhh, jigger.If people like you are Christians, who'd want to be one?
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