Obviously my lighter posts on the entertainment world aren't my specialty (or I'm assuming by the lack of comment that they aren't), though I'd love to talk about Bob Dylan for a post or two...
Back to the Basics...
If anyone has picked up the Newsweek for last week, you'd find an interesting article by Anna Quidlen about "The War We Haven't Won." Iraq may have the limelight, for the moment, but what has happened to the so-called 'War on Poverty'? It seems to have been overpowered by more pressing matters, WMD, and party politics. Not surprisingly. What do you do with a war that will never end?
"The problem with declaring war, of course, is that sooner or later people believe the conflict will end and peace will break out."
When will the War on Poverty ever end? Or will it. The article is based on the policies of Johnson's administration and the lack of support following these programs over the years. I'm not saying that Johnson was on top of it when he was in office, nor were they the best instituted programs, but shouldn't we nationally support programs like Head Start, Habitat for Humanity, and the like?
This is the third year that the number of people living below the poverty line in the United States has decreased, shouldn't we be looking into this? I realize that it was an overreaching effort on Johnson's part to declare "unconditional war on poverty in America," but I'm certain the issue still stands...what do we do about poverty in America?
We could have skipped over the Johnson administration totally, historically speaking, and continued on triumphantly, but we can't skip over his message...What has happened to the war on poverty?