Poverty: The Unemployables

The popular image of the typical dole recipient as a hale male malingerer is more than 99% myth by Government arithmetic. According to a new federal study announced last week by Presidential Aide Joseph Califano Jr., only some 50,000 — less than 1% — of the more than 7,300,000 persons now receiving welfare payments are men capable of self-support if given vocational training.

The report showed that 2,100,000 welfare cases are over 65 and most of these are women; 700,000 suffer severe physical handicaps such as blindness; 3,500,000 are under 18, and 83% of these are under 14; the remaining...

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