The Great Society

The Great Society


The Great Society was revolutionary when you look back and think of what America was like before these programs were adopted life was very different there was an outbreak of hope across this country it was quixotic it was kind of Arturian
this idea of might for right these things are all resonating to this day I really don’t know where I’d be without Job Corps Thank God for Medicare I can feel worthy I can be great I think many of the Great Society programs were so successful and had an impact
on so many of our lives in an overwhelmingly positive way we have to question why did we move away from that Great Society was a cluster of projects undertaken by the President he saw racial discrimination and he saw poverty as moral issues not just as political issues in nineteen sixty-four Johnson and the civil rights groups managed to pass the first major civil rights legislation and it was the first comprehensive civil rights legislation in the United States since eighteen seventy-five the Civil Rights Act said public accommodations have to be available to everybody no discrimination on the basis of race so in one fell swoop the Great Society wiped out all the whites
only signs this administration today declares unconditional war on poverty in America the War on Poverty was part of this idea that you have not a
handout but a hand up in the sixties it was hardscrabble for a
lot of folks and what we saw with the War on Poverty was for
a lot of people it just meant jobs what it’s saying is we’re going to bring the less affluent
into the mainstream of society when Lyndon Johnson became president the poverty
rate was about twenty two percent when he left
office five years later the poverty rate was thirteen percent that decline is the greatest one-time reduction
in poverty in the history of this country maybe the greatest impactment of the Great Society act
has been the Medicaid program up until Medicare was passed people who reached the age of sixty-five did
not have guaranteed health insurance of any kind and of course Medicare now has tens
of millions of people in it and it seems like a humane and generous
act of the society most presidents are just happy to have one
or two bits of legislation that endure that have a
historical resonance to it Johnson slammed out bill after bill act after act in education alone he proposed legislation to provide scholarships
grants and work-study programs for college students today that legislation provides the resources
for sixty percent of the people that are in college in the United States of America I’ve got the maximum amount any person could get to go to college I certainly
would not even able to attend school without this type of help America is always best when it is operating close to its founding ideals among those founding ideals is that it’s our
country we should care about it and we should take care of it college work study Kennedy cultural center Age Discrimination Act the question that people have just how do we get
back to such a progressive agenda they can look to the past to see examples aid to Appalachia urban mass transit scenic rivers and trails we have stellar moments in the history of our country we can experience the same euphoria seeking things that we haven’t done that and are
there for us and we’re going to do that the best of American life cries for it I hope it may be said a hundred years from now that by working together we helped to make our country more just for all of its people I believe at least it will be said that we tried

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    mowriter

    The funny thing is that by addressing poverty…one deals a death blow to a significant cause of crime. Asserting any other means of dealing with crime is mere blown smoke.

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    Marky Mark

    In LBJ's first year in office, he accomplished more than many presidents did in their entire administration. Vietnam was his nemesis, and hindered his ability to focus upon domestic issues from 1966 onward. A graceful exit from Vietnam during his Presidency would have had LBJ on a coin by now.

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    huckstered

    He was rated as one of the top five pres. of all time on a history channel documentary some while back. He is finally getting his just due. He was one of the top three I think. He just was the last soldier in the anti-communist cold war
    left over from Korea and carried it on.
    He should have not.

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    huckstered

    He had many times the political acumen of Truman. Not always ethical but always in control. Harry was ethical
    but Johnson used the means to justify the end. It was the most remarkable political period of history in the U.S.
    wherein power was shifted toward the
    people. Underneath all of the manuevering behind the scenes was a plan to help everyone. Something only LBJ could have done with such an accumulation of power , it was the best thing to happen to the U.S. ever.

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    huckstered

    Trading, buying and selling politics,LBJ was out to do good..
    A pragmatist or an idealist ,
    A lifetime of conservative southern senator bloc voting only concealed what his true plan was. but he was a liberal in the style of the Roosvelt's underneath it all, waiting for the day……………………. One of the great stories of history. This tale of history reaches beyond the U.S. It is no wonder he fought
    for south Viet Nam, he believed in the good of democracy for all peoples.

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    huckstered

    Her, Here ! I am from the New Brounfles area myself and there of millions of political neanderthals around here.

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    huckstered

    LBJ did much more than "the best he could". Undeerrated ? That is an unerstatement. He was the most efffective president in the history of the U.S. Passing legislation no one else
    coulld have he was the greatest.

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    huckstered

    Without a doubt. You can safely bet
    it is the way it is. If it hadn't been for Nam
    all would know. THis is the way republicans cover it up. Using Nam as a smoke screen. Have you noticed how many times LBJ's legacy has been invoked since Obama. Finally.
    But even Obama does not an LBJ make.
    I hope he wins his public option battle,
    truly.

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    huckstered

    Nacho you must know nothing about LBJ, he was not the footnote to the JFK
    administration.LBJ was the original.
    He out Kennedy'd Kennedy.
    YOU are very naive about history and should research before posting.
    Vaya Con Dios

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    I do know a lot about LBJ he is the 4th best President we had.What you dont know is JFK set a lot of stuff up to the Johnson Administration.Civil Rights was Kennedy.War on Poverty was Kennedy.(he gave a speech. Kennedy stopped WWIII he manged the best he could over Eisenhowers Mistakes at the Bay of Pigs.I do research things before posting mind you.Kennedy set the stepping stones for Johnson.

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    Civil Rights legislation was one
    of the issues on Truman's agenda. Civil rights legislation was intercepted by the south before it could reach the floor in the fities Anti lynching etc..One was even passed in Federal hiring during Trumans time. . Johnson introduced the war on poverty to a joint session of congress. JFK never could have
    enacted the laws LBJ did. He did not have the influence in either house (Sam Rayburn).

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    JFK did not have the influence, acquirred over a thirty year career, that LBJ did. He was elected after a soft peddle to the u.s. over the airwaves of T.V.
    The bay of pigs was a circumstance
    of the cold war, nothing more. ANYONE would have had to react. Did it T.G.Society compound JFK's principles. Yes. But many others had the same concern for the dispossessed, FDR did , LBJ's mentor. Harry truman was the first medicare recipient, this was his dream too.

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    johnlouisville

    @MadisonInChains
    We need a president who is not obsessed with being "nice" and reaching out to a GOP that wants no part of bi-partisanship. We need a leader who can get things done domestically like LBJ did….Obama…what a disappointment.

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    @johnlouisville John, I think the pres. does not have the control over congress,
    the influence that LBJ did, it would be near impossible to duplicate LBJ's accomplishments. He will be unique in history I would guess. One of a kind=
    no has ever been able to do what was done for all , back then.

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    Sylvain Abramowicz

    I love Lyndon Johnson. So sad we can't have such fierce populist liberalism like that these days… I desperately hope Obama takes a couple of pages from the Lyndon Johnson playbook to push his domestic agenda in the months ahead. It's the only way he'll avoid disastrous midterm losses, it's the only way he'll get reelected with a real mandate and it's the only way he'll make a true mark on american history and secure his place alongside LBJ and FDR. I'm still hopeful 🙂

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    @huckstered You are exactly right for a number of reasons, I believe,
    he had a handle on the levers of power like few ever had, it is one of the great stories of history. Crooked, honest, deplorable, amazing , poorly educated &
    Genius…all apt adjectives describing LBJ.

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    @FrsBigeasy The greatest reduction of any poverty rate happened in LBJ's administration from 23% to 12%. It is fiction to believe otherwise. Third world conditions would exist here if not for entitlement programs, you are deluded
    into thinking otherwise by media propaganda as are so many others.

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    @FrsBigeasy Of course they are, Duh, can you imagine how much worse it would be for children at the bottom without public assistance, paticularly right now? Detroit inner city is in the same shape. Crime would be rampant,hunger, chaos, the rich have gotten richer- wealth disparities are much worse than in the sixties. Hve you no vision or hae you forgotten the poor in the wealthiest nation on earth? Brainwashed people like you are what is wrong with this country.

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    @FrsBigeasy It depends on your perspective as to what success. There is a culture of bigotry that creates an under class. LBJ's great Society has been a huge sucess.
    If you think I am being uncivil now just give me a chance. You are speaking fantasy such a place does not exist. It may never. You live in an alternate world wherin fantasy is a living breathing thing. There are many oppressed people
    here and for nothing they have done ,it is a circumstance of birth.You cannot seem to understand.

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    @FrsBigeasy To the contrary in particular medicare is a huge success.
    Ask the bottom tier whether or not it was a success, there will be your answer.
    In particular because you say not it is so.
    One cannot wipe out poverty any more than disease or war but it alleviated
    much…poverty and misery and suffering. Wars are never won , you are indeed one misguided individual. I feel very sorry for you. You look for suffering people
    and then condone it. May God have mercy on you…..

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    Its shameful how liberals have air-brushed this Great President from history.
    The difference between Liberals and cannibals…cannibals only eat their enemies.

    Sadly,I get the impression Obama is one of those Liberals.

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    @ardenspanzers What is it you would like to know? I can tell you.
    I had no progressive liberal teachers. But I did live use the Texas Electrical Co-op
    grid which LBJ set during the New Deal. You are an idiot , you use New Deal programs everyday and do not eve know of it you are so uninformed.
    When your times comes do not accept social security or medicare.

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    @FrsBigeasy What you mentioned does not matter and I am not trying to convince you or anyone on here. These people are also without medical ins. but soon not so. This huge part of poverty will be alleviated. Things are much better for G.S. programs now, particularly the community mental health services. Children would be hungry etc…Fed student loans, truth in lending, clean air and water,civil rights, voting rights, These are only a very tiny fraction of G.S.
    programs which changed our lives.

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    @stevenv1992 The liberals have not air brushed … it has been the conservatives.
    The conservatives will fight these and any other entitlement programs
    tooth and nail. Liberals and progressives will fight for the disadvantaged to a
    degree. They are marginally better than conservatives in influenced peddling D.C.

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    @FrsBigeasy Thank you yes I am known as a funny person. However I will have to word this in a way such as that you will be able to understand, I guess. Poverty was much worse before,discrimination, much worse, health care much worse, dishonesty by finance much worse. Don't you understand this? This is a country of great wealth in comparison what does it say if we don't care for its' most defenseless citizens? It would be immoral, some of us cannot be successes
    because of circumstance.

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    @ardenspanzers What would you like to know? What facts ? You just spout nonsense with no intellectual premise at all, c'mon counter with something,
    at least something. If you want a transfer of knowledge just ask. I took business admin. in college, all conservative instruction. All info in this video can be comprehended by someone with a little knowledge of politics, can't you ?
    I will list what you want from memory but not everything of course, over
    1000 laws were passed during LBJ admin.

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    @FrsBigeasy You think that a govt. program created poverty ? That a preposterous premise. The poverty which black people arose from was unspeakable. Poverty exists everywhere and far worse than here. Believe this or not this poverty was created by circumstance and not legislation. Old age before medicare and S.Sec. meant destitution and bad health with no health care.
    What are we if we cannot care for the most defenseless of our citizens. Children,
    mentally ill etc.

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    huckstered

    @FrsBigeasy Great solution as in job corps, fed student loans, head start,
    civil rights act, affirmative action etc. Bill Clinton was not in the same league
    as LBJ as a professional politician.Or even close, he landed in a time of prosperity
    and was a shrewd operator yes. LBJ's political genius changed the country
    within in five years- for the people at the bottom rung of society.

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    huckstered

    @FrsBigeasy These pieces of legislation were all a part of the great society programs. Looking for loopholes, desperation? Over one thousand pieces of legislation were passed into law during that time, to help.. MLK and the marches forced civil rights to the front burner. LBJ wanted to be the best pres. of them all. The history channel, in a program aired not long ago rated him in the
    top five. Wash,. Lincoln, T.R. FDR and LBJ. Johnson came from poverty
    and never forgot the people.

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    huckstered

    @BranIL28 The United States exists as a mix of socialism and democracy.
    Communism will be in full force when the elite take over complete control
    of Washington. Representative government will wither and die. Corporate wealth
    runs the country now to a great degree. Corruption is rampant now and greed is pandered to openly by politicians in favor of Wal-Mart, pharmaceutical companies,big oil, Health care giants and of course the biggest leeches of all
    Wall Street.

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    @FrsBigeasy Boom times means a low unempl rate. Whomever wanted to work would work, it was a false though economy of course. Held aloft by the real estate bubble all the soon to be- toxic mortgages etc, insider trading ie. selling bad dervatives,, etc,,etc. I believe you don't know anything of which I speak.
    The mothers of head starters would learn how to read taking their children to this program, "For the first time". Wall street has run amock beginning with the reagan era via the S.E.C.

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    @FrsBigeasy Poverty would be at 25 % without LBJ. It is all great society.With the exception of the FDR legacy programs. LJB carried on the New Deal. Which was a continuation of the Square Deal started by TR- FDR's hero and cousin- it all emanates from TR. The Trust Buster , another hero of the commoner. I believe you do not know any of this. Corporate influence was
    even worse than it is now back in T.Rs' s day. In ruins- standard oil, railroads,
    sugar and child labor exploitation ,gone.

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    @FrsBigeasy The effect was the result of corruption of the govt. by wall street.
    Now banks show profits by not keeping toxic mortgages on their balance sheets, a new law. So TO give themselves(CEO's ,exec.) bonuses. You are extremely naive, extermely naive. Uninformed people like you are what is ruining this country. 97% of wealth is owned by three percent of the pop. here and it is getting worse,don't keep your head in the sand. Bush tax cuts accelerated this process.Get informed, wake up.

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    @FrsBigeasy Again the rate drop was from 23% to 13% during LBJ admin.
    If it hadn't dropped it would have been higher today because it was reduced then.

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    @FrsBigeasy Give themselves an opportunity ? Write back when you have learned
    how to construct a sentence properly.That was ridiculous. What grade are you in?

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    @huckstered I'm referring more to the person responsible for the Great Society: LBJ.
    When liberals/most Democrats hear that name they see Vietnam only.
    I include Obama in that.

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    @stevenv1992 Yes. This is true of the general population, Nam ,Nam,Nam and LBJ knew the war would leave a bad legacy for him. But….the most liberal agenda ever is not forgotten by liberals. Particularly not Obama. A pres. who has passed the biggest liberal social reforms since LBJ cannot be unaware of what happened in D.C. during that time. Obama's preidency is possible because
    of sixties legislation.It was a watershed administration for blacks and the country.
    Obama knows this.

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    Should say "In horror of LBJ's 100th"…..he scared the crap out of me as an 8 year old watchin mom's t.v….somehow I knew he was an evil potentate even at that age.!!

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    @CWSmith03111982 Utter nonsense. Bush tax cuts robbed the coffers of the u.s. Between
    that and the Toxic liar loans that is what ruined the u.s. We were in the black until then.

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    dannyd1572

    If it wasn't for the war on poverty parts of America would look like the old days of Ethiopa and people would be on tv asking you to adopt a child. If it wasn't for medicare this world would be a mess. Sickness…death…pain..misery…all because of no health care. No medicaid? Same thing? The Fair Labeling act made it that food makers put the ingredients of food on their labels. Look how often we use this. Those are just a few things we use and the many things the republicans voted against.

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    Steve Nichols

    The black folks on the video should be ashamed of themselves. It wasn't "Great Society", that got you where you are! You got yourself to where you are. Great Society has made things worse for many people because the plan wasn't long term nor good in the first place.

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    huckstered

    Dependent(sp) Sacrificing(sp)Society(sp) These social programs are an extension of T.R.'s and F.D.R.'s work. These are the best things to happen
    in the United States. People, the elderly have medical attention in their golden years.
    Kids have health care, it is wonderful.

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    Big govt works everyday. If you are going to have big business you are going to have
    big govt. to regulate it. T.R. Country is a big success just for this, it is a great
    country for it. Military might , infrastructure , all is due to this.

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    huckstered

    Utterly nonsensical posting. Discrimination condemns, not one man. LBJ uplifted
    bladk society in numerous ways. If you cannot see this you simply do not understand or are ignorant of the accomplishments and legislation of the Administration of LBJ…………

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    huckstered

    I do not know about that statement. He was very unpopular because of the War
    in Nam. Tragically it was his undoing. Now he is overlooked because of it.
    One of the top five at least. According to the History Channel study.
    I vigorously agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    huckstered

    Reagan was a "good" republican. Especially today. Todays GOP is a political joke,
    Romney is fading, where is the hope. They better change something. It will be a
    good majority that elects the Obama man. Romney simply can't keep his foot out
    of his mouth.

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    Christian Völker

    And where is all that hope for a better future and society today? Instead these poor americans fight each other. Thank god i live in europe. No poor 80 year old infastructure, racism and poverty everywhere.

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    SatchmoSings

    You should also learn how he got elected to the US Senate in 1948 by 87 votes and what he did to nail down that victory and you should also learn about Herman and George Brown of "Brown and Root," a big construction company that Johnson turned into Halliburton.

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    Dalton Ray

    France's economy is in bad shape. Greece's economy is in ruins. And Spain's economy is just plain awful. Social welfare is blatantly horrible.

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    jshalom65

    The Great Society was a noble effort,why wasn't it more successful ? It's because of these turds in the punchbowl : the corporate greed of the 1 %,the bottomless greed of the Federal Reserve banksters,the shyster lawyers that keep the price of healthcare skyrocketing,America's romanesque worldwide military empire-adventurism,and the dark Illuminati in all of the preceeding and their collective death wish for about 80 % of humanity.Back to the Golden Rule/Back to the Constitution/Death to the NWO

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    Noonie Manuel

    Love him or hate him he did do a lot of good,and no other president since LBJ can hold a candle to his positive acheivements.The greatest president of my lifetime (born in '65)!

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    Rakesh Joshi

    wow!! whaatta President!! ppl only associate him with the assassination of JFK.. But fail to see his stupendous achievements as President! JFK was not worth two hoots compared to an ace legislator like LBJ who achieved so much in his Presidency that no other President till date is able to emulate!

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    Daniel Flores

    We should give more credit to LBJ for all he accomplished by working with everyone to pass bills. Today, it is all about stalling legislation.

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    Veronica Clemens

    LBJ made our Great Society a better place to grow.

    LBJ followed through with several plans which in turn became Acts and fortified our nation to make it a better place. Its is time to pick up where he left of. Move forward and build on the values that LBJ impressed upon for our society.Thank you LBJ for making us a better society. We need to continue to uphold these values to supplement our lives with equality, compassion and justice.

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