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40 Years of Progressive Policies

Updated on May 4, 2019
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Before retiring, Jack worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.


Growing up in the 1960-1970s, my life was very different than life today in 2016. Here are somethings that have changed due to progressive policies. Let you be the judge. Are we better off?

- September 2016

Some Life Conditions 1960s...

  • Kids play in the streets with friends.
  • Families sit down together at the dinner table.
  • Mothers were the primary care takers for children.
  • Divorce was frowned upon and rare.
  • Schools and teachers were respected.
  • Drugs and smoking of teenagers were discouraged.
  • People attended church services on Sundays.
  • Prayers were common in schools and government functions.
  • Food stamps were non-existent until 1964.
  • Mental illness were acknowledged and treated in institutions.
  • Teenage jobs were aplenty.
  • Few fetus aborted
  • NASA lands man on the moon
  • poverty rate 12%
  • National debt low

Life in 2016

  • Kids play video games on their smart phones
  • Fast foods is par for the course
  • Young kids sent to nursery school
  • Divorce rate is 30% and rising
  • Teachers are dissed in classrooms
  • Drug use rampant especially pot smoking
  • Church attendance down especially among the youth
  • Public prayer outlawed, in schools and government.
  • Record use of food stamps, 46 million in 2016
  • Mental illness left to individual and family care
  • teenage jobs disappearing
  • Abortion rate is 700,000 in 2012
  • NASA retired the Space Shuttle and no replacement
  • poverty rate 14.8%
  • National debt is over 19 Trillion dollars


So, with 40 years of progressive policies, are we better off? Did the social experiment work? Was separation of church and state the correct move? Did the war on poverty win out? What happened to the war on drugs? Did the secular society bring us closer to utopia? Was big government the solution or the source of some of our problems?

When you think about it, doesn't progressives want "progress" as their goal? Did we get the results that we were promised? Or did we take several steps back?

I fully realize that some of the problems today have to do with technology and some things cannot be rolled back. By attacking traditions and the church and families, and replacing them with government programs and entitlements, we have failed in making progress in our lives.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Jack Lee


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