In domestic politics, President Lyndon Johnson is most famous for his "Great Society" initiatives. These initiatives were largely aimed at enlarging the welfare state and getting the government to do more to help the poor.
There were a large number of programs created under the Great Society. Some of the more important ones include:
- Job Corps, which was meant to provide vocational training for underprivileged youths.
- Head Start, which was meant to help with early childhood development for preschoolers.
- VISTA, which was a domestic Peace Corps in which volunteers were supposed provide educational and vocational programs for the poor.
- Medicare, which provided health care to the elderly.
- Medicaid, which provided health care to the poor.