CHICAGO (AP) _ Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson says the effort should be renewed.
Jackson says poverty in the United States is becoming an unprecedented challenge for the nation. He contends there is now a war on the War on Poverty, because when food stamps, Medicaid and post offices are being cut, poverty results.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( Jackson proposes increased spending on education and job training. He said non-violent offenders should be put to work repairing homes in neighborhoods decimated by foreclosures.
Jackson noted Wednesday that LBJ proposed the War on Poverty a year after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He said the dream has no meaning without a plan or budget to fulfill the dream.