The Quality of American Life in the Eighties: Report of the Panel on the Quality of American Life

President's Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties, 1980 - 140 páginas
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Página 1 - The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
Página 23 - If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.
Página 13 - Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Página 100 - Would you say the government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves or that it is run for the benefit of all the people?
Página 71 - We are unsettled to the very roots of our being. There isn'ta human relation, whether of parent and child, husband and wife, worker and employer, that doesn't move in a strange situation.
Página 18 - In the next 10 years we shall increase our wealth by 50 percent. The profound question is : Does this mean we will be 50 percent richer in a real sense, 50 percent better off, 50 percent happier? Or does it mean that in the year 1980 the President standing in this place will look back on a decade in which 70 percent of our people lived in metropolitan areas choked by traffic, suffocated by smog, poisoned...
Página 17 - Our real problems are also concealed from us by our current remarkable prosperity, which results in part from the production of arms that we do not expect to use, and in part from our new way of getting rich, which is to buy things from one another that we do not want at prices we cannot pay on terms we cannot meet because of advertising we do not believe.
Página 100 - How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right - just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?
Página 135 - To put it more simply, the analysis shows that the executive agencies of the US Government are not now capable of presenting the President with internally consistent projections of world trends in population, resources, and the environment for the next two decades.

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