War on Poverty War on Poverty Poverty is living in a condition deprived of social, economic and political needs. The basic need of life such food, shelter and clothing are insufficient and, therefore the affected groups are subjected to poor living conditions. This essay intends to identify reasons for the failure of the war on poverty by the US President Lyndon B Johnson in 1964. The war of poverty programs initiated did not achieve much because it targeted few people. The other people were excluded and therefore they continued in their impoverished conditions.
Very few feared anger, sickness and ignorance that purely affected the poor in the society. The few people could depend on the handout which the government invested much. Giving handout is one the ways of promoting poverty because the individual are not empowered to be self-reliant and sufficient. The need will continue hence the government continues to spend on the welfare program. Targeting only the children of the low- income earner could not avail much towards poverty eradication. It is on this basis that this strategy not considered to have achieved much.
The program on handout still exist but a well-organized system through the donor and charity organization that target the few disadvantaged in the community (Danzinger, 2013) The efforts were much concentrated on the government expenditure on the welfare program but not in the economic growth that helps to target and fight poverty. The huge expenses incurred in the on the welfare program led to the expansion of other problems. The youth and the disadvantaged are the only people that could be trained, but there are no jobs that are created through expansion in economic and empowerment.
The issue of enormous expenses on the welfare program still exist though the there is much improvement on the economic growth, and therefore its impacts cannot be realized to a greater extent (Orleck, 2011). In conclusion, the war on poverty is still continuous process, and the new government put in place various strategies to improve the condition being informed of the past strategies. References Danziger, S. (2013). Legacies of the War on Poverty. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Orleck, A. (2011). The War on Poverty. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.