Bush, George W. (Administration)

Even though the beginning of George W. Bush’s presidency was overshadowed by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there were some reforms that attempted to combat poverty in the United States. The battle against poverty during the presidency of George W. Bush (2001–2009) is closely linked to the underlying philosophy of compassionate conservatism. As Bush explained in a speech in 2002, “Compassionate conservatism offers a new vision for fighting poverty in America. For decades, our nation has devoted enormous resources to helping the poor, with some great successes to show for it: basic medical care for those in need; a better life for elderly Americans. However, for millions of younger Americans, welfare became a static and destructive way of life.”

The underlying principle of compassionate ...

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