POVERTY: A Vote in the Action

Q.: What do you get when the Government puts $8,000,000 into the ghetto? A.: An $8,000,000 crap game.

Comedian Dick Gregory's sardonic commentary all too accurately sums up the prevailing cynicism concerning poverty programs. Critics from suburbia and the ghetto alike tend to view the war on poverty as a disaster area in which money filters down from the unwilling hands of taxpayers into the inefficient and sometimes greedy fingers of social agencies—stopping just short of the poor whom it is supposed to reach. Such skepticism may often be well founded, but...

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