Welfare or Well and Fair
Lydon Johnson is one of the most relevant former presents in todays society. President Johnson’s programs he introduced to America are the driving force for the welfare of many disenfranchised citizens today. Johnson entered politics as congressman in 1937. Johnson went on to earn a seat as Senator in 1948 and by 1955 he was elected Senator Majority Leader. Over the course of Johnson’s political career he passed more major bills than any other president.
As soon as Johnson took office, he urged Congress to pass the tax-cut bill that Kennedy had sent to Capital Hill. The tax cut eventually passed causing 10 billion dollars in cuts to take effect. After proving his potential to pass and making waves Johnson advocated for civil rights. In July of 1964 Johnson pushed the Civil Rights Act through congress. The Act prohibited desrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin, in addition to granting the federal government new powers to enforce the laws. This iconic act also ensured voting rights for all Americans by prohibiting literacy test and other discriminatory practices for voting.
After legally making every American equal in the eyes of politics Johnson decided that that was not enough. Johnson now set out to declare war on poverty. In August of 1964 Johnson pushed a series of measures known as the Economic Opportunity Act through Congress. The new act provided a billion dollars in aid to the inner city. This act included programs that are still in effect today like Job Corps, Volunteers in service in America, Project Head Start, and The Community Action Program. Due in part to these successful programs Johnson won reelection by a landslide in 1964. By the time Johnson left the White House in 1969, Congress had passed 206 of Johnson’s Great Society legislative initiatives.
Johnson was a huge advocate for education and believed that it was “the key which can unlock the door to the Great Society.” Johnson passed The...