The Curse of the Twenty-Year Crusade

On January 8, 1964, Lyndon Johnson delivered his first State of the Union address.  He chose to launch a massive crusade that was most likely far from most Americans' minds: he declared war on poverty itself.  He opened the speech with these famous lines: Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions combined; as the session which enacted the most far-reaching tax cut of our time; as the session which declared all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States; as the session which finally recognized the health needs of all our older citizens; ... and as the session which helped to build more homes, more schools, more libraries, and more hospitals than any single session of Congress in the history of our Republic. Johnson envisioned a world where people would pay less in taxes but would see bountiful signs of government-funded growth around them.  Like...(Read Full Article)
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