Measuring Poverty with a Yardstick

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” is more than 50 years old, and has been marked by improvements and setbacks. Photo from LBJ Library, used with permission.

It’s been more than 50 years since President Lyndon Baines Johnson initiated the so-called “War on Poverty,” and in that time quite a few things have changed — but poverty hasn’t been one of them. Yes it’s had its ups and downs, and times when it was doing better or worse relative to other years, but overall it’s still very much with us — and sadly at levels close to what they were during Johnson’s time.