Stiffing the poor

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Alice O’Connor, a historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says that her students laugh when she talks about how Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in the 1960s. Apparently the idea strikes them as quaint. But as O’Connor points out, the disparity between the rich and poor today is greater than it was in the Depression or in the post–World War II years of affluence.


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