Sunday, August 7, 2011

The War on Poverty DID Help the Poor- Confronting the Lies.

‎"In 1960, 40 million Americans, 20 percent of the population, were classified as poor. By 1969, the number of poor had fallen to 24 million, 12 percent of the population...

Infant mortality among the poor fell by one-third in the decade after 1965 as a result of federal medical and nutrition programs. Before 1965, 20 percent of the poor had never seen a doctor; by 1970 the figure had been cut to 8 percent...

For African Americans during the 1960's median family income rose 53 percent; employment in technical, professional, and clerical occupations doubled; and average educational attainment increased by four years. The proportion of African Americans below the poverty line fell from 55 percent in 1960 to 27 percent in 1968...

(Source: "America and its Peoples". 5th Ed. Pearson Longman. 2007)
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"And they say that social programs did NOTHING to help the poor. There are lies, and then there are DAMNED lies." - My friend Kyle, who brought this to my attention...

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