By Lewis W. Diuguid
America looked like a better, more progressive place 50 years ago.
President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty, which led to the creation of numerous Great Society programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, better education, job training, Head Start, and food assistance for children and families. Congress passed and Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which had been long sought by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the civil rights movement.
The Voting Rights Act followed in 1965. People then knew that for the United States to remain a world power its poorest and most oppressed citizens had to be healthier, welcomed and more productive.