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America Needs a New Birth of Freedom

Baruti Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:51 PM
Your forefathers had no problem stealing land from Native Americans and benefiting from the free labor of Africans. So stop lecturing about handouts.

Journalist Bill Moyers, who worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, shared memories in a column last year about how his old boss thought about our entitlement programs.

It was under Johnson, who championed the "Great Society" in the 1960s, that a good portion of the runaway government spending we are trying to get under control today originated.

Johnson signed into law Medicare, Medicaid, the War on Poverty programs, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Moyers recounted that for Johnson, Social Security and Medicare "were about a lot more than economics."

He recalls a time when the Johnson administration was...