The Best of Notable Quotables; December 25, 1989

Vol. Two; No. 26

The No Agenda Here Award

"Atwater’s fouling the civic atmosphere with vicious misinformation is bad enough; compounding that with the White House hypocrisy is too much. If Bush really wants to prove himself a political environmentalist in search of a kinder, gentler America, he should sack Atwater."

-- Time’s Laurence Barrett in sidebar to a June 19 article on the "Foley memo."

"At the same time, Atwater -- who cut his political teeth as a protege of South Carolina’s once segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond -- downplayed his role in devising the crypto-racist Willie Horton ads that helped Bush win the White House. ‘That’s in the past,’ he insisted."

-- Time reporters Jacob V. Lamar and Alessandra Stanley in the March 20 issue.

"Support Family Planning. In 1984 the Reagan Administration cut off U.S. aid to the two major international family-planning organizations...Unless the growth in the world population is slowed, it will be impossible to make serious progress on any environmental issue. The U.S. should immediately restore the aid it withdrew."

-- Time’s recommendations on how to save the Earth, in the January 2 "Planet of the Year" issue.

"Propose deep mutual cuts in military forces and expenditures going well beyond those under consideration in START and conventional-arms talks."
"Offer most-favored-nation status, allowing the U.S.S.R. the same trading arrangements provided to most industrial nations, including Hungary."
"Relax technology-transfer regulations to allow sales of such items as personal computers and communications equipment that could spur autonomy."

-- Policies recommended by Time, November 6.

"The documentary has held up as both true and sadly prophetic. While Congress restored some of the cuts made in those first Reagan budgets, in the years since, the poor and the working poor have borne the brunt of the cost of the Reagan Revolution. The hardest-hit programs have been welfare, housing and other anti-poverty measures. Even programs that were not cut have failed to keep up with inflation. Meanwhile, rich people go big tax breaks. And the middle class kept most of their subsidies intact. As a result, the Reagan years brought on a wider gap between rich and poor."

-- Bill Moyers after PBS re-airing of 1982 CBS Reports "People Like Us," June 20.