‘War on poverty’ anniversary prompts reflections, criticisms, reforms

CLAIRE CRAWFORDPresident Johnson’s “war on poverty” was announced 50 years ago this week. The mixed results of this war have prompted a lot of reflection and some criticism. Columnist Cal Thomas wrote: “Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government “benefits,” robbing them of a work ethic, it is clear that the poor have mostly lost the war.” Others, including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., used the anniversary to announce reform proposals.