*This post was originally on my old zobop republic Blogger site until Google suspended my Google account. [Screw U Google :( ]
The War on Poverty never intended to be a war at all. It was mostly a painfully timid and overly self-conscious assault on the consequences of human misery. The War on Poverty was a vehicle for the perpetuation of the view that poverty was traceable to individual shortcomings on the part of poor people. People are poor because they have no money or power to negotiate with.