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In marking the recent 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, there are those who said it didn't work. There are certainly still poor folks, but great strides were made.
I have lived a long time. I remember driving in rural areas and seeing children with rickets: their backs were swayed, their bellies extended and their legs bowed. Children have straight bodies now. Those people lived in board houses where the siding boards had never been painted. They had no plumbing or electricity. I knew of a pair of brothers who attended school every other day because there was only one shirt in the household that fit the two of them. They had to share it.
Keeping our senior citizens healthy by having instituted Medicare and Medicaid is surely a positive outcome. The percentage of citizens living in poverty is down.
More should be done, but this program was a great stride forward.