Hurricane Katrina and Poverty in America

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Any doubts about poverty in America have been erased by the plight of New Orleans, where 30% lived below the official poverty line. Two-thirds of New Orleans' residents are African Americans, and news reports made clear that they were the most desperate victims of Hurricane Katrina. But in the 30 years since President Johnson's "War on Poverty," the number of officially poor people in the US has risen to 37 million, a number comparable to the population of California. Have massive government programs instituted by Democrats failed to deliver or have they been eviscerated by Republican cuts in taxes and spending? What does race have to do with it? We ask journalists, civil rights advocates, religious leaders and a Senator who's introduced the first-ever Republican initiative to fight poverty.
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