Essay about President Lyndon B. Johnson

1260 Words Mar 11th, 2015 null Page
For decades the War on Poverty has been a debate area that every president running for office has used as an election tactic, especially democrats. Republican voters are usually Caucasian, upper class, and in higher positioned occupations; while those voting democratic are typically minorities fighting to stay at or above the poverty line. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson was the first politician to use the term War on Poverty during his State of the Union address on January 8, 1964. This was during a time when the national poverty rate was around nineteen percent, adding to President Johnson’s Great Society plan. But the question still remains, after all of the promises and plans focused on the ending of poverty, is the culmination of poverty a good thing? No, poverty is one of the pedestals to a democratic society. Without poverty no country would be able to stay running the way that they are used to. In books, such as 1984 by George Orwell, society is dictated by the top one percent, and no one is poor, but rather equals, although it can be seen that there is a distinct weak spot in the government: freedom of choice. In modern democratic societies, individuals make the choice to go to school, get an education, get a respectable job, and live a successful life. Without the driving force needed to become prosperous, everything else falls to the wayside. If a person knew that no matter what, they would make a certain amount of money a year, and maintain a particular…

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