Remarks Delivered Introducing Bill for Industrial Investment in Urban Poverty Areas, US Senate

July 12, 1967


Washington, D.C.

The greatest failure in our existing anti-poverty efforts is the failure to involve and rely on the private enterprise system which is the basic strength of the nation. We have created for the poor a separate economy, almost a separate nation: a second-rate system of welfare handouts, a screen of government agency is keeping the poor apart from the rest of us. That system—ineffective, inefficient, and degrading—must be changed.