Column: President hasn’t helped U.S. in war on poverty




This year is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty, and there has been lots of discussion of whether it worked or didn’t. It didn’t, at least in regards to its advertised purpose of reducing poverty. But it didn’t do anything to worsen it, either.

That’s President Barack Obama’s record.

The pain has been terrible, as you can find by asking about black teens and discovering that their unemployment rate is up to a horrifying 38 percent.

That’s one fact mentioned by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, in something he wrote for National Review Online. Other facts: Food stamp use has increased 50 percent to 48 million people, and Social Security disability has been rising by a million a year.

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