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Emily Guice at Nov 06, 2019 05:51 AM

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LACK OF SPEED-TO BECOME A PARTNER OF SORTS WITH THE AMERICAN
UNDERCLASS IN THEIR STRUGGLE TO DO BETTER FOR THEMSELVES. THE
LAST FEW YEARS HAVE CHANGED ALL THAT. THE GOVERNMENT'S
ATTITUDE CHANGED FROM BENIGN CONCERN TO MALIGNAT NEGLECT.

IN THE DECADE OF THE SIXTIES, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING
IN POVERTY NEARLY HALVED.

IT'S NOT UNREASONABLE AT ALL TO ASCRIBE SOME OF THESE
GAINS TO THE GREAT SOCIETY PROGRAMS OF THE ERA.

YET THE CALLOUS CASTRATORS MOVED WITH COLD CALCULATION
TO KILL, FREEZE, OR WIND DOWN URBAN RENEWAL. MODEL CITIES,
COMMUNITY ACTION, PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYMENT, STUDENT LOANS,
PUBLIC HOUSING, FEDERAL IMPACT FUNDS FOR EDUCATION, AND TO
IMPOSE A SIXTY PERCENT NATIONAL PULL-BACK IN SOCIAL SERVICES.

HUMAN PROBLEMS ARE NOW PLACED ON A BALANCE SHEET AND
FORCED TO ADD UP: TO PAY FOR THEMSELVES. THE NEW ADMINISTRATORS
RUIN THE PROGRAMS THEY DIRECT WITH THE SOLICITUDE OF A HUNGRY
MORTICIAN AT AN OLD FOLKS HOME.

SOME FRIGHTENING FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS BUREAU
REVEAL JUST HOW POORLY WE ARE DOING. ON THE GOOD SIDE, WE
ARE MORE LIKELY TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL THAN EVER BEFORE, MORE
THAN TWICE AS MANY BLACKS GO TO COLLEGE, AND MORE BLACK PEOPLE
ARE EARNING MORE MONEY.

BUT WE ARE TWICE AS LIKELY AS WHITES TO BE OUT OF WORK,
THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE, AND

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