LBJ: “Let us continue”. Quickly pushed thru Congress 2 key “Kennedy” bills: $10B tax reduction – led to consumer spending & job growth Civil Rights Act (1964) – declared segregation in public facilities illegal. Lyndon Johnson in Action. 1964: LBJ waged “war on poverty”
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In 1964, the U.S. had 35 million poor people
“I am not going to lose Vietnam. I am not going to be the president who saw Southeast Asia go the way China went.”
Advisors wanted 100,000 troops in 1965 & 100,000 more in 1966; Estimations were 500 U.S. deaths per month