I was three years old in 1964. I grew up in the Appalachia region, the front lines of this conflict. My family and I were the very folks who were to benefit from the greatest poverty fighting experiment ever. We received the handouts and participated in the programs designed to remove the scourge of poverty from our lives and homeland.
I have spent my professional career working with the poor and the trying to mitigate the horrible effects of poverty. I have been on both sides of this war and I have seen the unintended consequences of this bad national policy and I have to say that it is way past time we stop the madness.