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Presidential Response to Poverty

My goal for this illustration was to try and mimic some of the classic etched illustrations of the Victorian age. My tools were slightly different, relying on my radiographs over traditional etching, but I tried to copy their same line work. I’m very pleased with the result.

HOW AND HOW NOT TO FIGHT POVERTY:LESSONS FROM THE PRESIDENTS
By Lawrence W. Reed

“The lessons of history show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. The federal government must and shall quit this business of relief.”

Surprisingly, these words of an American president do not date from the early years of the Republic, but from the progressive days of the New Deal. Franklin Roosevelt spoke them in 1935. But his pledge of quitting was empty. Indeed, 30 years later Lyndon Johnson would take “this business of relief” to new heights in an official “War on Poverty.”

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