For all the talk by the presidential candidates about producing jobs, fixing the economy, and lifting the country’s middle class, a dispiriting prospect looms ahead of November’s election: The nation’s poverty rate could rise to its highest levels since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched his war on poverty. With nearly one in every six Americans now living in poverty, advocates for the poor say little attention is being paid to addressing the issue, and they fret over the fate that could befall many of the federal programs meant to aid the poor.
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