WELFARE: So Much for No. 1

Former Attorney General John Mitchell once said of the Nixon Administration, "Watch what we do instead of listening to what we say." It is an apt alert. The gulf between the two can be wide, and nowhere more so than on the subject of welfare reform. Nixon has long been on record as saying that reform of the "welfare mess" was his "White House priority No. 1." Yet for more than a year he has put little of his prestige and even less of his energy behind his own reform measures. Last week, with welfare legislation finally before the...

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