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I'd say that LBJ's War on Poverty was a main contributor to poverty.

One of the legacies of the past 8 years of the Bush administration was a dismantling of the economic/social infrastructure that originated in the "New Deal" era and expanded in the "Great Society" programs during the Kennedy/Johnson era - inspired by the War on Poverty. The Bush administration aimed to shrink the government and it's services and funneled our tax money into things like financing the war with a system of creating private contracts for administration cronnies like Halliburton. We're definitely in desperate need for change, for the "New New Deal for a Greater Society" - let's hope Obama can pull it off.
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