Republicans like Marco Rubio and Eric Cantor say the war on poverty, now 50 years in the waging, has been an utter failure. But analyst Chris Wimer says statistics show that without government programs, many more Americans would be poor today. Congress is back in session and Professor Alan Abramowitz says it’s unclear how much of a grip the Tea Party retains on Republican lawmakers. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan about the House agenda. Don’t expect much.
- Jan. 12, 2014 Republicans say the war on poverty has been a failure. Are they right? We have an expert who says no. Did the Tea Party weaken itself with the budget shutdown? We have an expert who says, “maybe.” And Bill Press interviews Congressman Tim Ryan.
- Christopher Wimer Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson announced the War on Poverty. Since then, the poverty rate has dropped from 26 percent to 16 percent. Social scientist Christopher Wimer says the evidence shows that the federal programs worked.
- Alan Abramowitz President Obama’s re-election drove the Tea Party crazy, says political science professor Alan Abramowitz. Now, he says, it is unclear whether the Tea Party agitators in Congress will continue to drive the Republican leadership crazy.
- Tim Ryan Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio, discuss the House agenda.
- Jim Hightower Act 2 of the Ford & Radel Show.