Re: "Liberals lost the 'War on Poverty'" (letter, 5-26).
The writer's implied assertion is that conservatives are better qualified to eliminate poverty because they can create more jobs. Let's look at the record.
Starting with Dwight Eisenhower, there have been six Republican presidents. The only one to have a sterling showing was Ronald Reagan. During his eight years, 16 million jobs were created. Richard Nixon was second, with 9.4 million. Both George W. Bush and his dad fell far short, with 3 million and 2.5 million respectively. Only 3.5 million jobs were created under Eisenhower.
Democrats have done much better. Bill Clinton takes the top honor: 23 million jobs created. Carter, a one-term president: 10.8 million. Even John Kennedy, in office a mere three years, comes out ahead of either Bush: 3.5 million. And to date, with a 18 months still to go (and despite struggling with Republican opposition), Obama has a net gain of more than 4.5 million.
Most of the figures are based on an analysis by the Wall Street Journal (a conservative publication, by the way) and do little to support the writer's contention. If job growth is one key to upward mobility and a solution to poverty, conservatives have failed and likely do not have anything to offer.