Bob Herbert on the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty

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On MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert explains that today's poverty rates would be much worse without the reforms of President Johnson's War on Poverty. Providing examples, he said, "Try to imagine where we would be if we didn't have Medicare, Medicaid, the school lunch program, [and] food stamps."

But moving forward, Herbert said he was not optimistic that today's Congress will meaningfully build upon these previous reforms.

You would have to raise taxes and begin to make solid investments in things like infrastructure, R&D, the public education system, higher education. It would take a tremendous amount of money. I don't see anything approaching anything like that in the cards right now.

Herbert also finds that the press has done a poor job of covering both the extent of poverty in America and the difficult situation of those who are hovering near poverty while working in low-wage jobs.