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John Sherman, Moorhead, Published January 18 2014

Letter: Thomas spins poverty numbers

Cal Thomas (Jan. 11) cites as evidence the war on poverty has failed the fact that “Today ... roughly the same number of people (are) below the poverty level as in 1964.” What he doesn’t mention is that the U.S. population, now 316.8 million, was 191.89 million in 1964, so if the poverty programs did not work, the number of poor should also have increased by more than 50 percent.

Nor does he mention that the unemployment rate in January 1964 was 5.6 percent while in January 2013 it was 7.9 percent. The unemployed, no matter how virtuous or pious, cannot get jobs that aren’t available.