We’ve Lost The War On Poverty like everything else…

For President Johnson the war on poverty was personal

President Lyndon Johnson stood in the Capitol on Jan. 8, 1964, and, in his first State of the Union address, committed the nation to a war on poverty.

“We shall not rest until that war is won,” Johnson said. “The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it.”

It was an effort that had been explored under President Kennedy, but it firmly — and quickly — took shape under Johnson.  On Nov. 22, 1963, just hours after Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson was meeting with advisers in Washington to get the affairs of state in order. The chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Walter Heller, mentioned to Johnson that under Kennedy, he had begun looking at ways to help those in poverty — about 1 in 5 Americans at the time.

Back in the day Washington stood for something! Now its all about celebrity and reality TV so the poor are fed up with the snooty “upper class bullies” and will exercise their own muscle. Unions? they didn’t work they didn’t keep the jobs in the US they were out maneuvered.

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Ford moving everything to Mexico?

The spin on that deal was how it would keep Mexican Labor from coming into the US. and taking jobs away from Americans – wait –  hold on a minute –  how did this plan work out for America…

Trump called it another example of companies taking jobs away from Americans.

“To think that Ford is moving its small-car division is a disgrace. It’s disgraceful. It’s disgraceful that our politicians allow them to get away with it,” Trump said in a speech at the Economic Club of New York on Thursday.

When CNN asked whether Ford would be cutting any U.S. jobs as a result of this decision, Fields said, “Absolutely not. Zero.”

But is this losing job thing actually true?  nope Trump’s Bogus Boast on Ford

Back in 2011, the Toledo Blade reported that Ford received a $15 million tax incentive package, over 15 years, that was projected to in-source jobs from Mexico and save 1,400 jobs in Ohio. Interestingly, Ford executives credited Ohio Gov. John Kasich, another Republican candidate for president, for making the deal happen. Ford announced the kickoff of that Ohio production on Aug. 12, triggering the CNN Money story. In fact, CNN Money reported on Oct. 26 that “Donald Trump is wrong about Ford and Mexico.”

BUT didn’t  Washington bail out the car industry over and over to keep them alive?

Robert Reich: Corporate tax deserters shouldn’t get the benefits of being American corporations

The President should use his executive power to end the financial incentives that encourage this type of corporate desertion.
1. They shouldn’t be allowed to influence the U.S. government.
2. They shouldn’t be entitled to generous government contracts.
3. Their assets around the world shouldn’t any longer be protected by the U.S. government.

What about Coal Country? Aren’t we losing jobs there too?

Paris climate deal: US and China formally join pact

“The Paris agreement is a step in the right direction, but the reality is it’s too weak and delays action to the next decade. “What’s needed is comprehensive and urgent action now to slash emissions and build a low-carbon future.”

Why So Many Poor Americans Don’t Get Help Paying For Housing

Activists and experts say the U.S. is in the midst of its worst affordable housing crisis in decades. “The evidence does suggest that since the 1960s, this is the worst it’s ever been,” said Barbara Sard, vice president for housing policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank.

Government housing-assistance programs haven’t kept up with demand even though new research suggests that unaffordable housing is an important cause of poverty.  The problem starts with affordability. For nearly 80 years — dating back to the Housing Act of 1937 — federal policymakers have defined families as being “burdened” if they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs, including utilities.  But poor families often spend more than that. Just 20 percent of households earning less than $20,000 per year spent less than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to the 2013 American Housing Survey. Of the other 80 percent, about half devoted more than 50 percent of their income to housing. (For context: In 2013, the federal poverty guideline for a family of three was $19,530.)



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