The first time I heard the concept of the left’s “war on poverty”, it was articulated – not by that name, but I can’t remember what it was called – to me by a hardcore progtard teacher that also loved to rant about how the evil big pharma and medical research industries would never find a cure for cancer. His point was that because a cure would kill their profits and cash flow, they had no incentive to ever find a cure. Treatment and things to make more people need said treatments, and lots of research, was where the big money was, so only idiots believed the medical profiteers would ever really be looking for a cure. He was not very pleased with me and a few others that then pointed out that the same principle should apply to his precious “war on poverty” crusade, since one could conclude that they would honestly had no reason to ever fix poverty, because it would leave them out of work as well. Case in point the revelation that we have spent $3.7 trillion over the last 5 years, and several tens of trillions in the last few decades, with only more poverty and people needing to suck on the government’s teat, to show for that crusade. If anything, the class warriors are true to the cause of expanding their work opportunities and the need for more “treatment” of the problem. Don’t expect a cure from these people, though, unless by cure you mean even more poverty in our soon to be banana republic.