Is Biden Outdoing the Great Society Anti-Poverty Agenda of the 1960s?

Is Biden Outdoing the Great Society Anti-Poverty Agenda of the 1960s?

( – In the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) introduced the most sweeping change to American society in US history. He declared war on poverty, and over the next five decades, America spent untold trillions of dollars on the fight. It barely made a dent in the phenomena that’s been with the world since the beginning of time. Make no mistake. It’s noble to fight poverty. However, is the government best-positioned to do it in the wake of over 50 years of failure to prevent it?

As America continues to live in the shadow of the Great Society, many have come to resent money being taken from those who earned it, only to give it to the poor through government programs that failed to empower them to escape the clutches of government control. Unfortunately, the newly passed COVID relief bill signed into law by President Biden on Thursday, March 11, only makes matters worse. In fact, it could help Biden outdo the failed anti-poverty agenda of the 1960s.

New York Times Labels Biden a “Crusader for the Poor”

Biden learned as vice president under former President Barack Obama to never let a good crisis go to waste. Mission accomplished. There is so much wealth transfer in the COVID relief bill that liberal journalists at the New York Times labeled Biden a “crusader for the poor” as the bill would create the “biggest anti-poverty effort in a generation.”

Yet, America was told time and time again the bill was to help alleviate the COVID-19 crisis. That’s where America was misled. According to the Wall Street Journal, only 7% of the legislation actually went to COVID relief, vaccines, and testing. The rest was a liberal wishlist of progressive goals that went unfulfilled for decades. That’s why not one single Republican voted for the bill.

By giving a $3,600 per child tax credit paid monthly to families, Democrats say it will drastically reduce childhood poverty. That’s an extra $300 per month, per child. Biden wants to make the temporary provision permanent, which would rival the Medicaid program created under LBJ. In addition, a family of four would receive $5,600 as a direct payment. On top of that, the government will spend billions of dollars on extra unemployment aid. That led former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to say that Biden could be the next “LBJ for low-income families.”

Biden Embraces the Far-Left

During the general election, Biden claimed he was the guy who defeated the far-left. However, a closer look at the Democratic platform that Biden authored last summer shows that he embraced them instead. From the cover of the pandemic, Biden is using COVID-19 to advance the Left’s agenda. As Conservatives learned a long time ago, whenever Democrats give away a government program that costs the beneficiaries nothing, it becomes a cherished program that’s difficult to eliminate. Obamacare is the perfect example in the modern era.

In 2019, Biden said, “Ending poverty won’t be just an aspiration, but a way to build a new economy.” It’s 2021, and he’s off to reshape America by taking from the haves to give to the have nots. Instead of empowering people to leave poverty through work or entrepreneurship, Biden will take from those who work to become successful. He will give their rewards to the poor, trapped in government programs. They could become afraid to step outside of dependency towards something bigger and better.

Biden and Democrats aren’t building a better social safety net. What they are doing is creating more government dependency. It’s failed for over fifty years. But, what’s fifty more?

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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