The Administration: The Poverty Plan

President Johnson declared his "war on poverty" last week with all of the martial fervor of a 12th century crusader. "On many historic occasions," he told the Congress in a message accompanying his antipoverty bill, "the President has requested from Congress the authority to move against forces which were endangering the well-being of our country. This is such an occasion. Our objective: total victory."

Johnson even referred to Sargent Shriver, who would head the $962 million program in a new Office of Economic Opportunity, as "my personal Chief of Staff." And Shriver,...

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