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JOB
CORPS
TheNightmareMr.
Ni
xonPlansForMillions
GaryAllen,
agraduateofStanfordUni versityandoneofthenation'stop authoritiesoncivilturmoilandtheNew Left,isauthorof
CommunistRev
olution
InTheStreets-
ahighlypraisedand definitivevolumeonrevolutionarytactics andstrategies,publishedbyWestern Islands.Mr.Allen,aformerinstructor
of
bothhistoryandEnglish,
is
activeinanti-Communistandotherhumanitarian causes.Nowafilmwriter,author,and journalist,heisaContributingEditor to
AMERICANOPINION.
GaryAllen
is
alsonationallycelebratedasalecturer.
ONAugust7,1969,exactlyoneyear fromtheday
the
RepublicanPartynominatedhimasitscandidateforPresident, RichardMilhousNixonappearedonna tionaltelevisiontospellouttheplanshe andhisstaffhadlaidtosolvethedomes ticcrisiscreatedbythirtyyears
of
theFastDealandGreatShuffle.Thecoreof theNixonprogramwasasecuritysystem for"Welfare"familieswithchildren whichwouldprovideaguaranteedannualincome,longtheheart
of
FabianSocialistd
octr
ine.
Of
course,itwasdenied
that
theprogramreallyprovidesaguaranteed annualincomebecauseMr.Nixonhad repeatedlyden
ounc
ed
that
concept
dur
inghissuccessfulquestforthePresi dency.Nonetheless,thereitwasinallits Fabiangl
itte
r.ThePresident's"Welfar
e"
r
eform
smetwithmixedreactionfromtheelectronic gurus,socialsavants,andsyndicatedpun dits.
"L
iberals"tendedtoviewitasa giantstepontheroadtotheWelfare State,whileConservativeopinionranthe gamutfrommildandcautiousapproval
JANU
ARY,
1970
toagonizedshock.
U.
S.News
&
WorldReport
revealedthatexpertswerepre dictingthecost
of
theNixonplanwould escalatetonearly$40billionperyear, andothersnotedt
hatund
ertheNi
xon
scheme30millionAmericansmightsoon belivingon"Welfare"checksprovided bywhicheverAmericanselecttocontinue working.B
oth
Conservativesand"Liberals" agreed,however,thatMr.Ni
xon
'sspeechwasamasterpiece
of
rhetoric.NewY
ork
TimesmanJamesReston,himselfapast master
of
etymologicalchicanery,praised thePresid
ent
forthefeatofmanagingto pres
ent
in"conservativelanguage"apro gramsofartotheLeft.
The
WashingtonPost,Newsweek,
andthe
NewRepublic
allechoedthehoorah! ThePresidentbeganhisspeechwithan articulateindi
ctment
of
thefailures
of
thepresent"Welfa
re"
system,presentedhisprogramforaguaranteed
minimum
income,andthenclosedbystressing
that
whathewasreally
prop
osingwasnot more"Welfare"
but
somethingnew,tobe called"workfare."Tothemillionsof Americanswhoareweary
of
financingunendinggiveaways,thePresid
ent's
skillfulemphasison"gettingpeopleoffthe welfarerollsandontopayrolls"sounded like
mann
afromWashington.Mr.Nixon hadstressed
that
inordertoreceive
the
newguar
ant
eedannualin
come
onehadtobewillingtosignupfor
job
trainingan
d/o
rbewillingtotakean
"a
cceptable
job
."
It
wasthesetwo
cond
itionswhichmadethe"refor
ms"
palatabletoConser vatives.
But,
astheether
of
thePresident's rhetoricbegantowear
off,
Conservatives
 
werelefttow
ond
erwh
ether
PresidentNixon'strainingand/or
work
require
ment
swereasredeemingastheywere madetoappear.TheAmericanConserva tiveUnion's
BattleLine
observed:
...
fewcanforgetthenational uproarm
ount
edbyliberalsafew
ye
arsagowhentheCityofNew- burgh,NewYork,triedtoenforce suchajobplanonitswelfare recipients.Byrequiringrecipients toacceptonly"suitablejobs,"the NixonPlanallowsamajorloophole forthosewhomakewelfarehand- outsaway
of
lif
e.
M.StantonEvans,unc
ompr
orrusmgeditor
of
the
IndianapolisNews,
wasespeciallyconcernedbecausetheprogram wouldbeadministeredby
bur
eaucratswithwhathecalleda"welfaremental ity."AsMr.Evanspointedout:
This
[work]
provisionconjuresupapictureofawelfareofficial's consigningwelfarerecipientsto theircruelfateiftheprovisions
of
the"requiremen
t"
arenotfulfilled.
It
is
hardtoimaginethisactually occurringinverymanyplaces, whichmeansthatthe"workre- quirement"featurecouldinfact becomeapapertiger.
LikemanyotherConservatives,Dallas editorDanSmootwasconcernedwith thePresident'suse
of
theadjective"suit able"tomodifythew
ord
"jo
b."Mr.S
moot
warned:
..
.
Nixonsaysjobsmustbe suitableandconvenientlylocated. What
is
asuitablejob?Nixonsays hemeansn
ot
"justanyjob
,"
buta"goodjob.
"
UnderNixon'sscheme, arelieferwhopr
ef
erswelfaretoworkneedmerelyassertthatno good,suitable,convenientjobwas
offe
redhim.
2
Ofc
our
se,thePresidentwentfarther. Heknewthat,
of
allgovernment"Wel fare"programs,probablynonecarriesthe emotionalappealof
jobtraining.
Theverytermconjuresupabrightpicture
of
indol
ent
dronesbeingtransformedinto taxpayingworkerslaboringhappilyina land
of
industrial
hon
ey.But,asthe Republican-ori
ent
ed
HumanEvents
hasgloomilynoted:
..
.
whilethePresident
is
plac-ingmuchfaithinthisproposal,the truth
is
thatpreviousgovernment manpowertrainingprogramshave beenadismalflop.
...
Inthisr
egard,
conservativesweredisappointedthatthePresident madenomention
[inhisspeech]
oftwothemesthatwereprominentin hiscampaignrhetoric:voluntarism andtaxcreditsforbusiness.Rather than
mi
stingtoarejuggledversion ofprogramsthathavealready failed,why,askconservatives, didn'tthePresidentmakemoreuse
of
themostsuccessfuljobtraining mechanisminhistory:
Amer
icanindustry?
Why,indeed?Whya
bur
eaucraticallyrunprogram?Whyforcedlabororgov ernment"educationcenters"whenpri vateindustrycouldbeinducedtohandle theproblemwithaminimumofcostto theAmericantaxpayer? Thecurrentgovernmenttraining scherne,which
HumanEvents
rightlycalls a"dismalflop
,"
isthe
notorio
us
Job
Corps.Anintegralpart
of
L.BJ.'s
misnamedWaronPoverty,itwasdesigned during1964byKennedyin-lawR.Sar gentShriver;HarvardeconomistBill Capro
n;
A.D.A.wheelhorseJohn Ken
neth
Galbraith;WalterR
euth
er'sprotegeRichardBoone;the
For
dFoundation'sPaulYlvisaker;PaulJacobs,a formermember
of
theYoungCommunist Leagueandcurrentfellowattheradical CenterfortheStudy
of
Democratic
AMERICANOPINION
 
Inst
itut
ions;AdamYarmolinsky,
*
theleader
of
Harvard'sYoungCommunist Leaguewhowasmadeassist
ant
toSecre taryofDefense
Robert
McNamara;MichaelHarrington,successortoNorman Thomasashead
of
theSocialistParty; and,themanwhoisnowPresidential AssistanttoRi
chard
Nixon,DanielP.M
oyn
ihan.Moynihan,alifelongDem
ocr
atand
'''
Libe
ra
l''
commenta
tors
made
much
of
thefactthatac
oterie
ofS
outh
ern
Congressmen
refu
sedto
vot
ef
or
the
WaronP
overt
y
unl
ess
the
J
ohn
son
Administrat
ion
agreedtokeep Yarmolinskyoutofaworkingrole
once
theWaronPov
ert
ybecameoperative.Ch
ristop
herWeeks,who
was
amongthe
midwives
at
the
birth
oftheWaronPov
ert
y,andlateran assistanttoJ
ohn
Lin
dsay
,writesinhisbo
ok
,
JobCorps:
"Ya
rmo
lins
ky's
demiseremainsone
of
themostdeplorablesac
rifice
s
of
ad
edicated
andhard
-working
public
of
ficialtop
olitic
alexpediencythathashitWashing
to
ninthelast decade.Hewasavictimofsuspicion,
fear,
andcircu
msta
nces
..
..
"F
irst,hewasofRussian
extrac
t
ion,
and
Jewish,andhispar
ent
shadbeenconnected w
ith
someorganizations
(likesate
llites
oft
heCom
mun
ist
Par
ty
I
whi
chwereknowntobe leftwingandallegedtobes
ubve
rsive.Yar
mo
linsky,
him
self,how
ever
,hadneverbeencon nec
ted
withany
qu
esti
on
ableorganizations.
[Fo
rm
erclassma
tes
atHarvardare
pre
paredtotestifythatheheadedthe
Young
Co
mm
unist
Leag
ueatHarvard
and
edited
itsp
ubl
i
cation,
TheYardling.
Yar
mo
li
ns
k
y
was
so
ded
i
cated
toPar
ty
dis
ciplin
et
hat
heswa
llowe
dt
he
Hitler
St
alin
Pact
and
s
too
d
up
in
aHar
vard
me
etin
ganddeclaredth
at
"o
urjobis
to
s
tay
o
ut
of
the
war."
T
he
c
ur
re
nt
Co
mmunist
sloganatt
he
timewas:
"T
he
Yan
ksAre
Not
Co
ming!"
W
he
n
Hitl
er
be
tr
aye
dhisa
lly
St
alin
,thePartyline
di
dalBll-
degree
reve
rsalandsodidYar
mo
l
insk
y,
I
Agraduate
of
Harvard,andYaleLawSc
hoo
l,hehadgoneonto
beco
melaw
clerk
toa
Ju
stice
of
the
Sup
reme
Court,thenworkedforthe Fundf
or
the
Rep
ublic,andlaterbe
cam
epublic
affairs
edit
orforD
oubl
eday
books
-h
ardl
yadossierwhichrevealsanydang
erou
sleft-wing
sym
pathies
."
TheCongressmenwere
late
inlo
ckin
gthe
barn
door.
Althoughhisworkas
McNama
ra's
assistant-h
elpin
gtosabotage
Amer
ica'sarms
systems-
was
d
ou
btless
of
more
im
po
rt
an
ce,
the
imprin
t
of
ComradeAdamYarmolinsk
y
wasalreadyontheOfficeofEco
no
mic
Op
portuni
ty.
JANUAR
Y.1970
f
orm
er
off
icerintheFabianSocialists' AmericansforDemocraticAction,was ironicallythekeymanindrawingupMr. Nixon's"Welfa
re"
programtosolvetheproblemsdesignedand
created
byMoynihanandhisfellowFabians.Mr.Mo
ynihan
evenbraggedaboutthislittlecongamein the
BostonHeraldTraveler
ofNov
ember
23
,1969
:
Youknow,thelibswillnever forgivehim.RichardNixonhas nowdonethefinal,
unf
orgivablethingtotheliberals.He'sdone whattheywouldn'tdo.Thiswas thefirstPresidentialmessageon welfareinhistory.
All
previousPresid
ent
swereafraidofitand tuckedthesubject
und
erSocialSecurity.LiberalDemocratsg
ot
themselvesclosedinonissuesthat theycould
n'
treopen.
J
t'sthemechanicsofpolitics.This
J
knowso
met
hingaboutbecauseit'smy business.JohnKennedycouldsign atest-bantreatythatAdlaiSteven sonwouldhavebeencru
cif
iedfor.
It
wasO.K.fortheanti-C
ommuni
stCatholictotrustthe
Ru
ssians,
but
notAdlai.
Ly
ndonJohnsoncould
put
throughaidtoparochial schoolsthatJohnKennedycould nevergetthrough.Now
Ri
chardNixonhasdonethis.Thebigliber alswhodidn'tdoit
-
whocouldn'tdoit
-
arejustshocked.
AllofthisBrierPatchphilos
oph
yseemsverypeculiar,doesn'tit?Asifthe wholethingwerebeingmanipulatedby Leftistforcesbehindthescenes.Leftist forceswellabovemere
"Li
beralism."Afterall,oneremembersthattheWaron Povertyingeneral,andtheJobCorpsin particular,weresomiredindisorgani zation,corruption,radicalism,BlackNa tionalism,Communism,andcriminality thatRichardNixonfocusedmuchofhis campaignrhetoricagainst
it.
AsCandidateNixondeclared:
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