Friday, January 10, 2020

Black America Before LBJ: How the Welfare State Inadvertently Helped Ruin Black Communities

 Lyndon B. Johnsons Great Society: How LBJs Welfare State Helped Ruin Black Communities

“We waged a war on poverty and poverty won.”
The dust has settled and the evidence is in: The 1960s Great Society and War on Poverty programs of President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) have been a colossal and giant failure. One might make the argument that social welfare programs are the moral path for a modern government. They cannot, however, make the argument that these are in any way effective at alleviating poverty.

In fact, there is evidence that such aggressive programs might make generational poverty worse. While the notion of a “culture of dependence” is a bit of a cliché in conservative circles, there is evidence that this is indeed the case – that, consciously or not, the welfare state creates a culture where people receive benefits rather than seeking gainful employment or business ownership.

This is not a moral or even a value judgment against the people engaged in such a culture. Again, the claim is not that people “choose to be on welfare,” but simply that social welfare programs incentivize poverty, which has an impact on communities that has nothing to do with individual intent.

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  1. I applied for a promotion while working for my State. I was told, "They don't have many white males there, so you should get the job."
    I hate racist quotas and all of what I've seen of "Affirmative Action." They are the opposite of MLK’s ‘dream’; they ignore content of character and judge by skin color.
    And by doing so, they make race important = Promote Racism.

  2. "Inadvertently"?? Perhaps there were some well meaning people, but it's just a more subtle, sophisticated form of political subjugation. --Ron W

  3. There was no welfare during the Great Depression. Blacks and
    Whites helped each other. There was a connection between the two.
    LBJ was a worthless, perverted POS.
    The welfare racket for Blacks made them pride-less and feelings
    of entitlement. Vote Democrat from generation to generation