The latest U.S. News includes two letters commenting on recent coverage of presidential candidate John Edwards.

An Alabama reader isn’t fooled by the populist message:

Edwards and his ilk haven’t learned from the past that poverty cannot be eliminated through social engineering and handouts. The welfare state creates a permanent subclass at the expense of others. It’s time that those who really wish to help the poor address the underlying causes: individual behavior, poor education, and culture. Guilty, rich liberals like Edwards do great harm to society. One need only look at the failed experiments of the past, including housing projects, to see the folly of throwing money at a problem.

Meanwhile, a Texas man who supports Edwards seems to have little regard for at least one cabinet position:

John Edwards is what we must have to survive in this world. Edwards would make a good leader or even secretary of state!