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Fifty years ago, on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to call on our nation to launch an “unconditional war on poverty,” a national commitment resulting in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell grants, expansions to Social Security and nutrition assistance.
Some policy makers will claim that we launched this war, and poverty won, as our nation today struggles with 46.5 million people under the federal poverty line, about $23,500 for a family of four.
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