From both of the articles: What Was Really Great About The Great Society by Joseph A. Califano & War On Poverty by Thomas Sewell
The Great World depends on both wealth and equality. It requires an end to poverty and social inequality, to which we are dedicated in our time. But that's the beginning. Living in American cities today is tougher and harder. We don't have adequate homes or buses for our traffic. Our world won't be perfect until our towns are great. A second position to create the Great Society is in our countryside. We have always been honored to be not just America powerful and America free, but America stunning. That beauty is in danger today. Pollution threatens the water we drink, the food we consume, the very air we breathe. Our parks are overcrowded, overburdened. Open areas, thick woods vanish. Nothing may be above the facts. Indeed, from 1963 when Lyndon Johnson entered the office until 1970 when the influence of his Great Society policies was felt, the portion of Americans residing below the poverty line plummeted from 22.2% to 12.6%, the most drastic decrease in this century during such a brief time. If the Great Society had not accomplished this drastic poverty decrease and the country had not sustained it, 24 million more Americans would now live below the poverty line.
Thomas Sewell was the greatest author because he establishes working groups to prepare a series of White House conferences and meetings on the cities, on natural beauty, on the quality of education, and on other emerging challenges. And it will be from these gatherings, this inspiration, and these studies that we will continue to chart our path for the Great Society. In addition, the response to these issues cannot be based entirely on a major initiative in Washington or on the strained finances of local governments. They necessitate the creation of modern cooperative ideas, such as innovative federalism, between the National Capital and local community representatives.