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October 24, 2014
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River valley counties by the number


Last week saw the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, and a handful of Washington, DC’s most conservative Republicans took the occasion to present their own ideas for how to address this seemingly intractable problem. While we feel it is disingenuous to say that government anti-poverty programs do not work—just look at how successful Social Security (started in 1935 under president FDR) and Medicare (started in 1965 under LBJ) have been in lifting senior citizens out of poverty—we applaud Republicans for entering the national conversation about addressing poverty. We urge both political parties in Washington, DC to lay aside political dogma and work together to find meaningful solutions to this chronic problem that impacts millions of lives, which especially handicaps too many American children during their formative years, setting them off to compete on an uneven playing field for much of their lives.