Poverty: Six-Star Sargent

Next to the shooting war in Viet Nam, the spending war against home-front poverty is perhaps the most applauded, criticized and calumniated issue in the U.S. By way of defending his generalship in the Great Society, Sargent Shriver, director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), marched last week on the House poverty subcommittee. He had expected a firing squad but got a bombardment of bouquets instead. The bullets came later.

Shriver's official mission was to present the Administration's request for $1.75 billion in poverty funds for the year beginning July 1. One of Washington's smoothest Capitol Hill performers, Shriver...

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