The Administration: No Escalation

One war that seems to be in little danger of escalating is Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty. Last year, despite bloated Democratic majorities in Congress, $138 million was sweated out of the President's $1.75 billion request. This year, with 47 more Republicans in the House—most of them vociferously critical of the program's waste and mismanagement—even deeper cuts are expected to be made in the President's $2.06 billion request. Moreover, the war's command post, the Office of Economic Opportunity, will be lucky to escape in one piece.

Opportunity Crusade. Under a G.O.P. antipoverty plan unveiled last week, appropriations would total $315 million...

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