Goals Your thoughts and feelings on government social welfare programs Name several programs that still exist How was Johnson able to pass these laws Why the momentum of Great Society slowed Is it possible for similar sweeping legislation today?
Agree/Disagree Poverty is an important concern in the United States. Some people are poor due to unfortunate circumstances. Poverty is caused by laziness. There are people within 15 minutes of our school that need assistance in some form.
Agree/Disagree When people are poor, the government should provide assistance. For people whose needs are NOT met by government assistance, it is the responsibility of citizens to provide a safety net of services. It is the responsibility of the government to provide monetary assistance for the elderly.
Agree/Disagree It is the responsibility of the government to provide monetary assistance for the elderly. It is the responsibility of the government to provide assistance for people to go to elementary school and high school. It is the responsibility of the government to provide assistance for people to go to college.
Reflect in your Notebook Have you ever thought about how you feel about these issues before? What was it like having to actually show everyone in class where you stand on these issues? Were you surprised by the class response to any of the questions? Why/Why Not?
Political Influences Grew up during FDR’s New Deal Became a Democratic Representative and Senator Chosen as Vice-Presidential running mate for JFK
Becoming President JFK Assassinated Kept his Cabinet War on Poverty Job Corps – work training for youth VISTA – Peace Corp for U.S.
Election of 1964 Ran against Republican Barry Goldwater Goldwater was termed an extremist “We are equal in the eyes of God, but we are equal in no other respect” – B.G. Government programs are similar to Communism – B.G.
Johnson wins 61% of the vote – biggest election landslide of the century Democrats also strengthened majority in Congress Election of 1964
Decline of the Great Society 1965 and 1966 were the peak of the Great Society Congress passed 181 of 200 major bills that the president requested Congress and Americans began to grow concerned over rapid reforms. Midterm elections
Lasting Reforms Medicare and Medicaid PBS and NPR Truth in Lending Act
Today Could we experience a period of change like this today? Review Goals