We won the War on Poverty, then lost the peace. If America could eliminate most serious poverty in the United States in the 1960s, surely we could do the same today.

by Salvatore Babones

When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty in January 1964, the poverty rate was over 19 percent. By 1972 it had fallen to less than 12 percent, and it stayed there for most of the 1970s.