By Robert H. Haveman
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The right equation was to combine the charisma of the President with the technical know-how of his staff of intellectuals and experts. Kennedy failed—either because the equation did not work or, as his men preferred to believe, because death cut short his career. At any rate, the faith still glowed bright when big Lyndon strode onto the stage. Johnson's character has been endlessly analyzed. There is no point rehashing it, no point in recounting his tragic rise and fall—tragic for him and the country.
Such a faith had to go along with the idea that new techniques would supplement and ultimately replace "transfer payments"; otherwise the war on poverty was meaningless. The central statute, then, was an "economic opportunity act," not a "poverty" act, "Poverty," intoned Senator Bible of Nevada, during the debate over the bill, is not an "economic problem" for the poor; it is a "way of life, a culture. " The poor "cannot lift themselves out by their bootstraps because they have no b o o t s . " Moreover, social engineering was cheaper than income maintenance.
L. Wayland, " A Scientific Basis of Charity," The Charities Review 3 (April 1894): 2 6 3 , 266, 268. 19 D a v i d J. Rothman, The Discovery Republic 20 of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New (Boston: Little, Brown, 1971). L l o y d Ohlin and Martin Rein, "Social Planning for Institutional Change," in The Welfare Forum, Social Official Proceedings, 91st Annual Forum, National Conference on Social W e l - fare (New York: Columbia University Press, 1964), p. 8 5 . Social IPolitical Context of the War on Poverty 31 Lance Liebman has pointed out another intellectual strand—a raging optimism, a deep faith in reason and technology.
A Decade of Federal Antipoverty Programs. Achievements, Failures, and Lessons by Robert H. Haveman