Did the War on Poverty Fail?
The short answer is “yes” if one looks at the percentage of people in poverty. Much has been written about the failure of the War on Poverty, and it’s no wonder. In 1966, the poverty rate in the U.S. was 14.7 percent. Since then it has varied between 11.1 percent and 15.2 percent. According to the Census Bureau, the 2007 rate was 12.5 percent.