The Presidency: Fighting the Other War

Before leaving for Guam last week, Lyndon Johnson was preoccupied with another war. In a 9,500-word message to Congress, he outlined programs totaling $25.6 billion to aid the nation's poor—an increase of $3.6 billion—and specifically earmarked $2 billion for Sargent Shriver's Office of Economic Opportunity, combat headquarters for the war on poverty. Predictably, though the figure represents a 25% increase over OEO's current budget, it was nowhere near enough to satisfy everybody. Speaking for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Detroit's Jerome Cavanagh promptly complained that at least $3 billion was needed...

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