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We could conquer poverty, too. Effort was all. The federal presence, as it grew more and more, meant one man to the public: the President. The mass media personalized him. Congress was many faces; the bureaucracy was faceless. The President was one human being. He talked to his people. They watched and listened to him. The landmarks are familiar; oddly enough, they can chart the rise and fall of Richard Nixon—his infamous Checkers speech in 1952, the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960, which (it is said) cost Nixon his first try at the presidency, and the Watergate hearings, which helped drive him from office.

Cloward enter a dissent from this general point of view. They argue that "the Great Society programs were promulgated by federal leaders in order to deal with the political problems created by a new and unstable electoral constituency, namely blacks—to deal with this new constituency not simply by responding to its expressed interests, but by shaping and directing its political future" {Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare [New York: Pantheon, 1971], p. 249n). This view, however, though it stresses the political functions of the war on poverty and the Great Society and emphasizes the importance of the reaction of the administration to disorders and discontents in the cities, as a formative element, does not suggest that the programs were direct responses to direct demands from the people in the cities.

People with adjustment problems fall into poverty or, being in, cannot climb out. The basic job of poverty relief is to rehabilitate, educate, train, readjust. This view has been strong in the social work profession, until quite recently. 18 19 Still another view is possible. Poverty is an anomaly, but not on the individual scale; it is a social pathology. Money alone cannot cure it, nor can psychiatry. " This was a strong voice in the background of the war against poverty. 20 1 8 H . L. Wayland, " A Scientific Basis of Charity," The Charities Review 3 (April 1894): 2 6 3 , 266, 268.

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