By Alan Bean
January 8, 2014 marked the fiftieth anniversary of president Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty and Democrats and Republicans used the occasion to tout their very different descriptions of and proscriptions for the poverty problem.
If this low-key exchange were scored like a fight, the Republicans would win by TKO.
This article in The Hill, a generally non-partisan news source, quoted representatives from both major parties; but the red team dominated the story.
The Democrats were championed by president Obama and Senate majority leader, Harry Reid. In a speech tailor made for the occasion, the President opined that “If we hadn’t declared ‘unconditional war on poverty in America,’ millions more Americans would be living in poverty today.” Reid, for his part, thinks the Republicans are “cold-hearted” for refusing to extend unemployment benefits. That’s it for the Democrats.
Then the Republicans took control of the story. (more…)