Wednesday, July 23, 2008

War On Poverty bill signed this date 1964


According to the History Channel’s Page A Day Calendar on this date in 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated his war on poverty by signing the War On Poverty bill. It was an idea that President Kennedy first introduced, but LBJ carried it out.

Now, get this: When the bill was signed Congress allocated $947,000, which funded various education, employment, and substance abuse programs.

Can you imagine just how for $947,000 will go to help create jobs and educate people about the dangers of drug after it is filtered through a bunch of appointed positions (the politicians’ kin and business partner’s kin) and advisors & consultants (chief income of retired military officers)?

I would not be surprised if the $947,000 ran out within the hour.

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