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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - January 5, 1966, Bennington, Vermont I 4-Bennington Banner wednesday january 5, 1966 Viet a Cut poverty War funds by Arnold r. Sawislak Washington up a the Quot War on poverty Quot May find out in 1966 How it feels to be poor. The Antipoverty program coming up for its third annual congressional examination in the session starting Jan. To suddenly appears to be a rather frail bulwark of president Johnson s Quot great before the year is out it maj be the Antipoverty warriors along with the people they Are supposed to help who Are Short of Money. The reason of course is the Ever increasing Cost of fighting a shooting War in Viet Nam. The president has at least three ways to finance a bigger u. S. Military Effort raise taxes to get More Money Cut Back existing or planned Federal spending to get More Money or do neither and risk running up and even bigger deficit. The few straws that have been carried by the wind from Texas seem to indicate Johnson will try to hold Down expenses. And the Quot War on poverty Quot although one of his proudest achievements is regarded As a Likely candidate for the budget Scalpel. Reduce spending this is not to suggest that the administration will drastically reduce the present level of Antipoverty spending. That probably would be too embarrassing to the president and infuriating to a Large bloc of congressional liberals whose sweat went into its creation. Instead the president could announce that he will Quot hold the line Quot on Antipoverty spending and paradoxically Send More youngsters into training at Job corps Camps and in neighbourhood youth corps projects. He could do this by asking Congress to authorize and appropriate about the same $1.5 billion for the Quot War on poverty Quot in 1966-67 As it voted for the current fiscal year. Then More Money could be allocated to the youth training projects by cutting Down on the controversial Community action programs. No Clear idea congressional sources who expect this to be the president s course admit they do not yet have a Clear idea of How the Antipoverty Money pie would be sliced. But they Are willing to bet it won t be much bigger and probably not smaller than in 1965-66. There is no question that such a policy for the program would amount to a serious setback. The main parts of the sweeping plan to uplift the nation s poor did t really get started until this year and the Outlook was for doubled tripled or even larger expenditures in the years just ahead. It was understood that the Antipoverty Agency originally wanted $3 billion for the 12 months starting next july i. The budget Bureau according to reports is seeking to hold the request to $1.6 billion. Solves problems if Johnson does decide to expand the Job corps and the neighbourhood youth corps at the expense of the Community action programs he could be solving several problems unrelated to the search for military Money. First he could give a Green Light to the youth programs that have shown the most Promise of producing Concrete results. Although the Job corps Camps have had some Well publicized internal problems administration officials generally Are proud of the program and the youths who have entered it. The neighbourhood youth corps although not As glamorous As the Job corps is credited by some officials for having averted Quot Long hot summer Quot violence in several big cities during 1965. No one knew it now is obvious that few persons at either the White House or the Capitol had any idea what would happen when the Federal government offered hundreds of millions of dollars to local groups to try to solve the problems of poverty. This was especially True in regard to the congressional direction that the programs be conceived and operated to the maximum extent practically by the poor themselves. In some cities the poor people saw the Community action Money As a Means to Quot fight City this made mayors angry at the administration and Congress. In others mayors saw the new source of funds As a Welcome supplement to the largess available for distribution to the politically faithful. This made the poor people mad at the administration and Congress. Congress responded by trying to Quot investigate Quot the Antipoverty programs. As could be expected the investigations got Hung up on the very political reefs that caused the trouble in the first place. Of a a la m Ems i ma7 by it i Juki depot Street Bennington Reo hot specials at . Discount prices . Choice. Heavy steers. Choice. Heavy steer Chuck rib roasts roast 4th thru 7th rib Semi Boneless rib roast in 88< ground chuckib68< London Broil in Ltd la in. / Chuck Steak,46 beef liver Bone in % in. Giant i-5 to swordfish each a a by ass to White Scott a soft Levi toilet tissue 2 Rolls s chef boy a Dei spaghet1 and Chee look values on famous Cut rite products Wax Sandwich bags plastic Sandwich bags plastic storage bags St 19< St 23< St 31 it Cut i Plas Wra

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