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