Charles Murray's influential book called Losing Ground showed that the Great Society's changes actually made the problems of the poor worse, not better. The policy of channeling all welfare money to mothers made the father-provider not necessary, and thereby broke up millions of intact families. Unfortunately, most of LBJ's spending programs survive to this day and continue to increase in cost.
Lyndon Johnson had a special purpose behind his spending. It was not merely to redistribute the wealth. Johnson's goal was to shift power from the states to the federal government, from Congress to executive-branch regulators, and from big-city political machines to Alinsky-style community groups so they could organize and make demands to increase federal power.
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