The Liberal Lie About The War On Poverty

By Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes

carol-hayneThe de-emphasizing of U.S. history in elementary and secondary schools has had appalling results. 

Unless each generation receives a solid grounding in our founding principles and our Constitutional rights, we cannot, and will not, remain a free nation.   A survey conducted in December 2009 by the nonprofit American Revolution Center (ARC), showed that Americans knew more about the Gosselins, a TV reality family, than our U.S. Constitution.  Only 54 percent could identify James Madison as the “Father of the Constitution” even with the other choices being Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. 

When asked about the chronological order of the Declaration of Independence, 44 percent thought either the Civil War, The Emancipation Proclamation, or the War of 1812 came first. 

The famous quote about Socialism, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” was recognized by only 19 percent as being made by Karl Marx.  Others attributed the quote to George Washington (19 percent), Obama (15 percent), or Thomas Paine (21 percent).

It’s not surprising then that most of our modern Presidents, along with willing Congresses, have usurped our Constitutional rights with no one stopping them and, all too often, with many Americans not even recognizing legislation or Supreme Court decisions that undermine our freedoms.

One of the many major assaults on the foundations of our country was the Great Society.  However, our U.S. history textbooks, which have been heavily influenced by revisionist historians and their leftist agenda, tout the merits of the Great Society’s programs. 

David E. Harrell states in Unto a Good Land, “If Johnson’s programs fell short of eliminating poverty in the nation, they, nevertheless, changed many lives for the better.”

Statistics debunk this liberal lie.

Modern Day Slavery?

For the past 100 years, power hungry politicians, under the guise of “soak the rich to help the poor”, have passed legislation that has created a modern day feudalism. 

Although legally the last vestige of slavery and reconstruction was ended by the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Great Society legislation produced the first truly dependent class in American history, re-enslaving many poor and minorities.

President Lyndon Johnson and Congress expanded Aid to Families with Dependent Children (ADFC) by quietly changing the qualifications to include any woman with children in a household where there was no male family head present.  Incentives were added that made it financially more lucrative to be unmarried than to be married and for having more children. The result of these changes to AFDC was the destruction of black marriages and a high rate of illegitimacy. 

A side effect of AFDC’s no-father policy left inner city black boys with no male role models.  This void was quickly filled by gang leaders who led the young boys into a life of crime and drugs. 

Marriage is statistically the single highest correlating factor in wealth accumulation.  With the destruction of marriage by the AFDC, the opportunity to climb out of poverty also went by the wayside.

The war on poverty failed to reduce the number of poor. 

Prior to the declaration of war in 1965, progress against poverty had been rapid with poverty rates consistently falling.  A sharp drop occurred after the John F. Kennedy tax cut took effect in 1963. Once the Great Society programs went into effect, progress against poverty stopped and the number of poor began to rise.  In the mid-1970s a comparison of the percentages of poor, before and after the programs were enacted, showed no measureable improvement as a result of the programs. 

However, the programs increased the tax burden on the American people.  Worst of all, the war on poverty resulted in millions giving up their freedoms to the government in return for a lifetime of poverty, crime, and low self-esteem. 

The winners were the politicians.  Perhaps some of the programs were well intended, but they also created welfare dependent voters beholden to politicians, who are rewarded with lifetime careers in Washington, something not envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

Early on most people knew intuitively that welfare was not working.  And we know today it is not working.  Leftists have provided their own blame theories.  However, there is much statistical evidence that proves the devastation wreaked by the government programs upon the poor and minorities in our nation.

For decades the leftist lie that the Great Society had a positive impact on the poor has been taught to our students for, indeed, the leftists’ attitude is that history is what they say it is.

There is much ado about presenting a balanced view on such topics.  Why? 

There are not two sides to this.  Facts are facts, and our Social Studies textbooks must be historically accurate.  

We must teach our students to distinguish between facts and the propaganda of self-interest groups.

We must teach them to recognize even subtle, seemingly innocent, encroachments upon our Constitution. 

If we fail to do this, we will slide ever deeper into modern day slavery, trading the plantation master for a big government master.

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  1. Info Warrior, thanks for keeping before our eyes the work of David Horowitz, “Indoctrination U.” I need to get that book and add it to my library. I agree with you 100%. All the fights we’re waging in the country foundationally begin with who controls the education system and what is being taught. Indoctrination is a mild word, let’s try “brainwashing” and see if that fits better. Since the left-wingers typically control the public school system and teach their religion “secular humanism”, then it’s easy to understand why they hate private schools and home schools. They speak so caustically and venomously against the private schools and home schools because they DON’T CONTROL THEM. Praise God! I’m glad they don’t.

  2. Excellent article Dr. Haynes. In Texas we must protect the Textbook selection process.
    That is simply a start. We need to adopt as state law, the Academic Bill of Rights (college level) and the Academic Freedom Code for K-12 Schools as set out in the Appendix of David Horowitz’s book, “Indoctrination U”. Let’s get commitments out of all our school administators, State Board of
    Education representative, legislators, etc. We are under a three prong attack in our education system because whomever controls our education system will end up controlling our country.
    The radicals have taken over huge portions of our education system, and the homosexual lobby
    has declared our school system their next big battle ground. Also Islamists are busy inserting
    their untrue version of Islam into religioius studies. In California, 7th graders are required to study Islam for 2 weeks, designing prayrer rugs, role playing and praying to Allah, learning the Five Pillars of Islam, etc. Only two days to study Christianity, and it is a very anti-Chrisitian senario.

    It is real gang. We have to stop it. Stop it at your college by telling them no support until they
    adopt and enforce the Academic Bill of rights, etc. More, but too much and you won’t continue to read.

  3. My Father, born in 1915, always voted democrat until the 1960″s. He always voted Republician after that. When I questioned him he said that Lyndon Johnson MADE a Republican out of me!!

  4. I think their votes anger and frustrate ALL of us! I can’t believe Senator Coburn of all people voted for Bernanke to continue as head of the Federal Reserve.. I respect the Democrats how voted against this clown who works behind the locked, unaudited doors of the Fed! What is he hiding? I definitely smell a rat! Something crooked must be going on!

    THANKS CW for taking the time to post this list and exposing all the traitors that voted for this guy!!

  5. GO FIGURE THE REPUBLICANS hat a chance to MAKE a Statement.
    Benanke engineered this financial meltdown his incessenant printing of money and borrowing to cover a devalued $.
    VOTE to confirm for 4 MORE YEARS:
    20 RETREAD LIE CAN”TS voted to approve.
    Had those same 20 voted NAY BENANKE would have need a tie breaker vote from the VP
    and the DEMOCRAT EXECUTIVE BRANCH would have had to ASSUME SOUL responsiblity for the appointment.
    ONCE again the GOP has proven in their present LEADERSHIP is NOT capable of taking ADVANTAGE of the OPPORTUNITIES.
    Mark them DOWN…………………………the LOST creditibility today as Guardians of the PEOPLE.

    XML U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 2nd Session

    as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

    Vote Summary

    Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation Ben S. Bernanke To Be Chairman Of The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System )
    Vote Number: 16 Vote Date: January 28, 2010, 03:45 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed
    Nomination Number: PN959
    Nomination Description: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years
    Vote Counts: YEAs 70
    NAYs 30

    Grouped by Home State
    Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Nay
    Alaska: Begich (D-AK), Nay Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
    Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Nay
    Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
    California: Boxer (D-CA), Nay Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Yea Udall (D-CO), Yea
    Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
    Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Yea Kaufman (D-DE), Nay
    Florida: LeMieux (R-FL), Nay Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Yea Isakson (R-GA), Yea
    Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea
    Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Nay Risch (R-ID), Nay
    Illinois: Burris (D-IL), Yea Durbin (D-IL), Yea
    Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Yea Lugar (R-IN), Yea
    Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Nay
    Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Nay Roberts (R-KS), Nay
    Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Nay McConnell (R-KY), Yea
    Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Nay
    Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea Snowe (R-ME), Yea
    Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
    Massachusetts: Kerry (D-MA), Yea Kirk (D-MA), Yea
    Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
    Minnesota: Franken (D-MN), Nay Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
    Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Yea Wicker (R-MS), Nay
    Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
    Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Yea
    Nebraska: Johanns (R-NE), Yea Nelson (D-NE), Yea
    Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Nay Reid (D-NV), Yea
    New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Yea Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
    New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
    New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Udall (D-NM), Yea
    New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Yea Hagan (D-NC), Yea
    North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Yea Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
    Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
    Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Yea Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
    Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Nay Wyden (D-OR), Yea
    Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Specter (D-PA), Nay
    Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
    South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Nay Graham (R-SC), Yea
    South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Nay
    Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Corker (R-TN), Yea
    Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
    Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Yea Hatch (R-UT), Yea
    Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Nay
    Virginia: Warner (D-VA), Yea Webb (D-VA), Yea
    Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Nay Murray (D-WA), Yea
    West Virginia: Byrd (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Wisconsin: Feingold (D-WI), Nay Kohl (D-WI), Yea
    Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Yea Enzi (R-WY), Yea

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