Poverty in America on Thanksgiving Day

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"Parts of the United States are as poor as the Third World" according to a recent United Nations report on global inequality. Any doubts about poverty in America have been erased by the plight of New Orleans, where 30 percent lived below the official poverty line. Whatever happened to Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty?" 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? On this archived edition of To the Point, Warren Olney speaks with journalists, civil rights advocates, religious leaders and a Senator who's introduced the first-ever Republican initiative to fight poverty. (This program originally aired on September 12.)
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