Lyndon Johnson on social programs

By | September 13, 2005

I am simply gonna steal this posting and Lyndon Johnson quote straight from The Rude Pundit:

Here’s Lyndon Johnson in his 1964 speech that laid this shit out: “There is the decay of the centers and the despoiling of the suburbs. There is not enough housing for our people or transportation for our traffic. Open land is vanishing and old landmarks are violated. Worst of all expansion is eroding the precious and time-honored values of community with neighbors and communion with nature. The loss of these values breeds loneliness and boredom and indifference…In many places, classrooms are overcrowded and curricula are outdated. Most of our qualified teachers are underpaid, and many of our paid teachers are unqualified. So we must give every child a place to sit and a teacher to learn from. Poverty must not be a bar to learning, and learning must offer an escape from poverty.”

That still holds true. Its 41 years later, but we’re still seeing the same exact problems. Things get better for a while whenever we have a
Democrat in the White House. Then a Republican comes in and screws it all up again. This is not rocket science, people! The more people that we can help get out of poverty, the stronger a nation we become!

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