by Lou Binninger
On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson became the fourth president to decline to run for a second 4-year term. Vice-President Johnson took over for President John Kennedy after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Johnson then served a full term, but was eligible for a second 4-year stint.
Some feel Johnson was one of the most politically ambitious men ever in America. A liberal Texas Senator known for his fits of extreme anger, during a close campaign in 1954 Johnson authored an amendment curbing the free speech of churches and 501(c) 3 nonprofit (religious and charitable) organizations.
The amendment prevented these groups from endorsing or opposing political candidates and causes to keep their tax-exempt status. Johnson had personal motives.
Black congregations and some independent organizations in his district were politically active and supporting his opponent. The amendment was a tool to stifle the opposition. It worked.
Johnson’s presidency managed two wars, one opposing the spread of communism in Southeast Asia and the other ‘fighting poverty’ in America. Both campaigns failed miserably.
The Vietnam War effort was undermined by U.S. social unrest and by politicians crippling military strategy. As for poverty fighting, after fifty years and $22 trillion spent there has been no decline in the percentage of citizens left financially behind.
Adjusted for inflation the spending on anti-poverty programs (not including Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all wars in US history since the American Revolution. Worse yet, millions of lives have been ruined, now addicted to welfare ‘crack.’
The black population has been severely damaged. Once, more black households were led by married couples than white families. In 1925 New York City, 85% of black families had two-parents. In 1940, black illegitimacy was at 14% and then 25% by 1965. Today most black families are led by mom with government becoming dad. The black illegitimacy rate now stands at nearly 75%.
Welfare addiction is no respecter of color. More whites use welfare. However, a higher percentage of black families rely upon it.
Ignored in all discussions is the fact that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994. The quickest exit out of poverty for a mom is marriage. Government makes a lousy lover.
According to Walter Williams, black economics professor emeritus at George Mason University “Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today's black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history.” Thank Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty.’
A higher percentage of black children are aborted than other ethnicities. This is the result of the successful strategy of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who considered non-whites to be society’s weeds that needed plucked. Clinics were located in minority communities where outreach was easy. For liberals, it is a better value to abort than fund the raising of a minority child.
A higher percentage of black males are out of school, out of work and outside the law. A higher percentage of blacks are murdered by gun violence with more than 90% killed by fellow blacks. For white liberals wanting to keep blacks on the ‘plantation’ their use of the Ku Klux Klan, segregation, Jim Crow laws, Planned Parenthood, welfare and minimum wage laws has been amazingly successful.
The minimum wage has removed the bottom rungs of the economic ladder for low –skilled workers, most often young and black drop-outs. For the black male guns, gangs and baby mommas have replaced education, career and marriage.
Government has funded the poverty industry. Millions find it easier to live poor on government largess than break-free to independence. Government created a permanent class of citizens wedded to welfare and its sister programs (Section 8 Housing, SNAP, WIC, free school lunch, dinner and medical.)
Just as drug use disrupts the brain’s dopamine and serotonin function that produces a sense of pleasure, welfare robs recipients of the dignity and pride of work and providing for one’s family. Work is a blessing to humans but the welfare system has made it a curse.
The Founding Fathers embraced a Biblical understanding of the nature of man and did not include dispensing welfare in government’s role. However, politicians and bureaucrats buy votes and kudos by using other people’s money to create an ever expanding pool of ne’er-do-wells.
Behind every failed life and program is a bad philosophy. Yuba - Sutter officials pretend they are smarter than our forefathers. It is noteworthy that they did not risk personal funds on their homeless pilot projects.