Fifty years after Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in his State of the Union address, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) declared the war lost.

On the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Sen. Marco Rubio proposed allowing states to design and fund individual initiatives to decrease poverty in lieu of federal programs. (The Associated Press)

“Five decades and trillions of dollars after President Johnson waged his War on Poverty, the results of this big-government approach are in,” he said. “We have four million Americans who have been out of work for six months or more.”