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SeattleRob Donating Member (893 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-03 04:29 PM
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35. The money wasn't transfered to the poor
Most of the money from the so-called "War on Poverty" was funneled into the Vietnam effort. At the end of the sixties, there was a famous study about poverty and inequity in this country. I think it was called the "Kerner Commission" or something like that. (I know someone out there in DU land knows about this report.) This study mentioned specific problems and potential solutions to these problems. Very little has been done to address these problems.

Look at what's going on now. We're throwing 87 billion dollars to Iraq. 87 billion! We have a huge and ever growing defense budget. Why do other "western" countries around the world have better worker rights, universal healthcare, low cost or free education? Because they spend a large chunk of their money on their people. We spend some money on our own, but so much of it goes to military expenditures. Everytime we drop a bomb, launch a missile, someone is getting rich. And remember, the people who actually fight the wars come from working class, low income backgrounds. I think this is what was at the heart of Dr. King's argument. If speaking the truth to power is too far left, then I guess I am a lefty
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