A Decade of Federal Antipoverty Programs. Achievements, by Robert H. Haveman

By Robert H. Haveman

Paperback, 392 pages, 6 x 0.9 x nine inches, Written through Robert H. Haveman for the Institute for learn on Poverty Poverty coverage research sequence.

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While this is no doubt part of the story, it is not all. The chronology and the legislative history simply do not bear out the hypothesis that the Johnson programs were mainly ways to buy off the blacks. It is clear, the climate was right. The assassination of President Kennedy shocked people, jarred and unsettled them; Johnson seized the opportunity. In 1964, in the first year of his presidency, he coaxed and cajoled out of Congress a Civil Rights Act, a Food Stamp Act, an Urban Mass Transportation Act, and, most notably, the Economic Opportunity Act.

Hence, essentially, the money to be spent had to be seed money, critical money, innovative money, money spent wisely and in scientific ways. " 30 31 One notes here, however, a theme quite different from the themes sounded by Lloyd Ohlin and others in the prehistory of OEO. Broadly speaking, there were three paths that might be taken—transfer payments, changing the poor, and changing society. The first was too expensive, the third too revolutionary. This last had been a stimulus for the program, and it rumbled on, below the surface, but the second became the dominant theme when the law was actually drafted.

But he is sneering here; he has no faith that any tablets will come. There seems to be a general disillusionment over intellectuals and technology. The failure of Congress to fund a supersonic plane was a straw in the wind. There was really only one argument for the SST, and it was a poor one; other countries were going to build such a plane; it was progress, it was the latest technological advance, and the United States must not play second fiddle. This had been a winning argument before; but the SST finally lost.

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