The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

February 6, 2014

Letter: Birthday of Lyndon’s war on poverty

ENID, Okla. — It has been 50 years since Lyndon Johnson declared a war to end poverty in this nation.

Since that time, the federal government (taxpayers) has spent $15 trillion with the states paying another $5 trillion for a grand total of $20 trillion. By comparison, our present national debt is $17 trillion. A trillion here and a trillion there amounts to real money.

The results are legions of people who have lost their work ethic altogether and people who have made unemployment benefits a near-lifetime skill.

The law discouraged from living with, much less marrying, their children’s mother, and so legions of “single mothers” become the norm and the lack of male leadership in the home contributed to additional generations of poverty, adding to new future lifetime dependents with no education, no skills, no motivation but to produce more children because it produced a bigger check from the government.

The result: poverty remains virtually the same percentage as a half century before, but with a great additional increase in population.

Lyndon was a skilled politician, but knew little of human nature.

Jack Stewart

Enid

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