Nation: Teaching How to Cheat

Mrs. Barbara Whitner, 33, a petite Piedmont, Calif., housewife and former volunteer social worker, is not against welfare. Indeed, as she told a recent budget hearing of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, she wants to preserve public assistance for those who really need it. But in California, where a newspaper expose showed that dozens of state and county officials had contrived to get themselves on welfare, the poor are often left by the wayside. Mrs. Whitner was enraged.

In Alameda County alone, the welfare budget has risen $24 million in one year to $136,666,000. "End the legal cheating," Mrs. Whitner...

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