Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | buzz
On January 8, 1964, in his first state of the union speech, President Lyndon Johnson declared war. Not on Vietnam, the conflict which eventually brought about his own downfall, but on poverty in the United States. Over the next year and a half, Congress created, at Johnson’s prodding, Medicare and Medicaid, Food Stamps, Community Action Program, Job Corps, VISTA, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which brought direct federal funds to public schools for the first time, and many other programs. Fifty years later, both those programs and poverty are both still around. On the Monday Buzz with his perspective on the War on Poverty was Tom Corbett Emeritus Senior Scientist and Retired Associate Director of the Insititute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.