Bleeding-Heart Conservatives

How Jack Kemp and friends, after the L.A. riots, are pushing a reluctant Bush to lead a new market-oriented war on poverty

PRESIDENT BUSH TOLD REPORTERS LAST WEEK THAT THE Los Angeles riots "vindicated" a critique of federal antipoverty programs he had made a year earlier at the University of Michigan -- the very place where Lyndon Johnson had launched the Great Society in 1964. "Programs designed to ensure racial harmony generated animosity," Bush had said in his Michigan speech. "Programs intended to help people out of poverty invited dependency."

This provocative analysis was supported by the steady rise of poverty despite the fact that taxpayers spend $220 billion a year -- $6,500 for every poor adult and child in the country --...

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