Poverty: The Other War

Since Lyndon Johnson declared his war on poverty in 1964, the program has stirred a steady drumfire of criticism that amounts to a war within a war. Last week some of the stoutest supporters of the antipoverty campaign engaged in a corrosive crossfire that could only further damage the Administration's prospects of getting its preshrunk, $2.06 billion request for the program through a critical Congress.

New York's Senator Robert F. Kennedy opened the exchange in Manhattan with a withering attack on welfare as a system that "broke down 30 years ago" and...

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