Far Higher Than LBJ? No Way

Monday, November 27, 2006

Far Higher Than LBJ? No Way

I agree with the Carpetbagger. After reading through The Atlantic magazine's ranking of the top 100 influential figures in U.S. history, the Carpetbagger wonders why Dwight Eisenhower was ranked no. 28:
On a list of military generals, sure, but [the most] influential Americans of all time? Nearly 20 places higher than Lyndon Johnson, whose influence — on civil rights, Great Society, Vietnam — still reverberates today?
Except for Social Security, nearly every strand of the economic "safety net" that Americans enjoy today was adopted largely at the urging of LBJ — Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start and food stamps, for example.

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