As we have been reporting all along, the Democrat Party, particularly the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), seem to be constantly attacking the Tea Party movement, aided by the complacent mainstream media (MSM), as though it were a life and death struggle.
Because their very future depends on it.
Recognize this speech?
“We are going to assemble the best thought and broadest knowledge from all over the world to find these answers. I intend to establish working groups to prepare a series of conferences and meetings—on the cities, on natural beauty, on the quality of education, and on other emerging challenges.”
No, this is not a speech by President Barak Obama after his inauguration–but it does resemble one and mirrors many of the actions he has taken since he arrived in the White House almost 3 years ago.
Actually, this was a famous speech made 47 years ago by President Lyndon Baines Johnson (D-TX), at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964.
The speech ended with … “From these studies, we will begin to set our course toward the Great Society.”
“It is a Society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled.”… an [ending] quote from a slightly different version of the same speech he gave at Ohio University two weeks earlier, setting forth the framework of the goals for his very high concept plan.
In short, the objectives of “The Great Society” programs were to “eliminate poverty” and “racial injustice”.
Because of his political “landslide” victory in 1964, by the end of his second term 226 of 252 of the major pieces of leglistation that he had requested, to implement his “war on poverty” plans, were successfully passed, and federal spending followed suite with spending on programs for the poor rising from $9.9 billion in 1960 to $30 billion in 1968.
From 1964 to 1968, the U.S. population went from 191,888,791 to 200,706,052, and under these new federal programs one million Americans were “re-trained” and 2 million children “benefitted”.
According to the University of Michigan-National Poverty Center, the national poverty rate has dropped considerably from 22.1% in 1959 to just 11.1% in 1973, where for the next 7 years it fluctuated from there to 12.6%. Then, it gradually to 15.2% in 1983 where it remained until 1993, after which it grandually declined to 11.3% in 2000 then rose slightly to 12.7% in 2004. In 2008 the poverty rate was 13.2% followed in 2009 by 14.3%.
A look at any line graph representation of the U.S. national poverty rate suggests that since the introduction of the Great Society programs by President Johnson (D-TX) in 1964, it has fluctuated between 11% and 15% , even in view of their substantive curtailment in 1996 under President Clinton (D-AR) and now on through to President Obama (D-IL).
From a select ethnic group standpoint, according to figures collected by Russell Long (Del Mar College) in 2003, from 1965 to 1999, the poverty rate in the Black community has declined from 42% to about 24%–standing at 24.7% today; Single-Female Head of Household declining from 40% to 30%; Hispanics, fluctuating between 22% and 31%–standing at 23.2% today; and since 1987 when first measured, in the Asian community it declined from 17% to 11%–standing at 12.5% today.
When compared chronologically with the first “push” of President Johnson’s Great Society programs, and the general economic prosperity of the United States, this data and the shape of the curve it creates, suggests two things:
First, the changes brought by President Johnson’s programs beginning in 1964 appear to have worked, to the degree that they could, at removing systemic and “social structural” barriers to success for the black communitiy, which, by definition would also have included a large portion of the “racial injustice”.
Second, when observed data settles into a narrowing range of fluctuation, especially for periods of 10 and 20 years, which are negativelly correlated with a constant such as the general economy, a statistical “truism” is formed, within a range of confidence measured by standard deviations. This means that without any substantial change in the market or the people being observed, we should expect to measure the same relationship with the general market into the future.
It is clear that anyone, from any background or circumstances, can excel in America, if they apply themselves; U.S. Representative Allen West (R-FL), Katy Perry and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
The bottom line is that America has done everything that it can afford to do, to “set the table of opportunity”, and now it is up to her citizens to have the desire to grasp the opportunity and commit themselves, body, mind and spirit to reaching their goals.
After 47 years of government assistance, statistically speaking, this is the end of the road for divisive, “class warfare” mongering, race card-playing legislators like U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), because there is no government “silver bullet” for you to bring home.