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John Anderson Patrick Lucey 1980 Campaign Brochure

John Anderson for President 1980 Campaign Brochure

‘Most polls show that if people believe John Anderson can win,

he will win. Your support will make Anderson President.’




The Budget

Anderson supports fiscal measures designed to reduce the federal deficit and encourage the lowering of interest rates. He is the only candidate not advocating inflationary tax cuts for 1981. Says Anderson, "inflation is the cruelest tax of all and that is the tax I intend to cut." Although anti-inflationary measures will require sacrifice on the part of all citizens, no sector of the society will be asked to bear a disproportionate share of the burden Anderson has said repeatedly, I will not balance the budget on the backs of the poor.



Once federal receipts and expenditures have been brought into better balance. Anderson proposes to "index" personal income tax rates to prevent taxpayer incomes from being pushed into higher tax brackets by inflation. He also supports a larger interest and dividend income exclusion.


Increased Productivity

Fiscal austerity is only half the battle. Equal emphasis must be given to boosting America's productivity. To promote capital investment, Anderson supports legislation to reform and simplify tax depreciation allowances and to provide new tax incentives, including a 10 percent tax credit for research and development. He has proposed a new federal manpower policy aimed at upgrading labor market skills and patent reform to encourage innovation.


Foreign Policy



John Anderson maintains that our prestige, influence and power abroad are direct functions of our domestic strength. Anderson also believes that we must rebuild our alliances with the nations of Western Europe and with Japan. He supported the normalization of relations with China. He advocates stronger ties with Latin America and the Third World. He believes that we must back the cause of freedom and human rights everywhere.


Middle East

Anderson has been a consistent supporter of the State of Israel during his entire career of public service. He believes that we must create an environment in which Israel can feel secure while making the concessions necessary for a peaceful settlement. He supports Palestinian rights as embodied in the Camp David Accords, but he opposes the creation of a Palestinian State between Israel and Jordan. As President, he would be prepared to move the American embassy to Jerusalem at the conclusion of the peacemaking process. Anderson believes that the U.S. "should encourage discussions, but not attempt to dictate to the parties the detail, structure, specifications and pace of the negotiations."


Military Spending

Anderson is an advocate of strong armed forces, but he believes that our best defense is a military that's lean and flexible. Accordingly he opposes such schemes as the B-1 bomber and the MX missile, which he feels will increase our military costs without adding measurably to our security.




Oil-the 50-50 Plan

Over the past several years, John Anderson has been a leading Republican spokesman on energy. In August 1979, he called for a 50-cent-per-gallon energy conservation tax on all motor vehicles to cut consumption and reduce our dependence on foreign supplies. He realizes the need to offset the burden, of such an energy tax by using the revenues from the tax to reduce employee Social Security taxes by 50 Percent, increase Social Security benefits, compensate those who are not on payrolls, exempt farmers, and allow tax credits for businesses unfairly penalized.


Coal and Alternative Energy

To reduce our growing dependence on foreign oil, Anderson proposes to expedite the conversion of oil-fired electric power plants to coal and speed the development of environmentally sound coal technologies. He proposes to accelerate the development and commercialization of renewable energy source technologies through expanded Federal procurement and R&D.


Nuclear Power

Anderson believes that there should be a moratorium on further nuclear plant construction permits unless we can achieve and maintain adequate safeguards for the operation of reactors and the disposal of nuclear wastes. The resolution of these problems, he says, can be postponed no longer. Anderson supports increased research on nuclear fusion, which, if brought to commercial feasibility would provide a relatively inexhaustible fuel supply at dramatically lower human and environmental risk than existing nuclear fission technology.


Government Reform

Anderson is chief sponsor of the Regulatory Reform Act of 1979, legislation which would benefit both business and consumers by promoting competition and reducing government red tape. His proposal would set forth an eight-year timetable for thorough Congressional review of regulatory agencies and their legislative mandates.



Anderson is a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and voted in favor of extending the deadline for its ratification. He believes that the decision to continue or terminate a pregnancy is a matter of conscience and opposes a constitutional amendment limiting the freedom of choice. Anderson also strongly supports affirmative action programs to end discrimination on the job. He advocates pay equity social security coverage for homemakers, increased support for child care facilities, and appointment of women to key government positions.



Throughout his political career, John Anderson has worked for the fair and efficient delivery of quality education for all people. A long-time proponent of a separate Department of Education, Anderson voted for its creation in 1979, believing this consolidation will make federal education programs streamlined and more efficient. He has actively supported legislation which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of handicap in federally funded programs. Anderson also strongly believes that the federal government must begin to reverse its decade-long neglect of higher education. He favors increased support of research in our colleges and universities and a more national student loan program.


Civil Rights


The Record

John Anderson has been a courageous advocate of every major piece of civil rights legislation of the past 20 years.



Anderson cast the deciding vote in the House Rules Committee for the vital Open Housing Act of 1968. "I believe," he wrote at the time, that as a nation we must turn our face away from a course of segregation and separatism. We must reaffirm the essential human right to justice and human dignity."


School Desegregation

His eloquent opposition to a constitutional amendment banning busing for school desegregation won Anderson wide praise. The New York Times wrote that Anderson once again displayed his willingness to rise above partisanship on an incendiary issue."



Anderson is a sensible, firm supporter of environmental preservation. He was a prime sponsor of one of the most important land and wildlife conservation measures of this century, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. He supports strong legislation to protect our coastal areas from reckless development and to clean up oil spills with immediate compensation for damages. Anderson believes in enforcement of existing legislation that safeguards the quality of our air and water. He is especially concerned about the toxic substances that threaten our air, rivers, and ground water resources. He believes that the Federal government must move aggressively to clean up toxic materials that have been needlessly dumped, to determine responsibility, to levy taxes to defray clean up costs, and to provide compensation for innocent victims.


Senior Citizens

Anderson is committed to meeting the needs of older citizens, by strengthening effective programs and initiating necessary reforms Anderson proposes to liberalize the Social Security retirement test, strengthen the enforcement of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and minimize the need for the institutionalization of the infirm by the expansion of federally-assisted home health services.


Health Care

Anderson proposes deliberate and judicious reforms of our existing health care delivery system His proposals address four vital areas


1)         gaps in existing medical coverage

2)         preventive medicine

3)         reform of health care financing; and

4)         alcohol and drug abuse, debilitating diseases, and the special problems associated with the elderly.


John B. Anderson was born in 1922 in Rockford, Illinois, the son of a Swedish immigrant, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois. He served in the army during World War  II, where he won four battle stars. Anderson earned a law degree at the University of Illinois and a Masters of Law at Harvard.

Anderson entered the foreign service in 1952, gaining valuable diplomatic experience. In 1953 he married the former Keke Machakos and they have raised a family of five children.

Anderson went to Congress in 1960 and served 20 years. In 1969 he was elected by House Republicans to the Chair of the House Republican Conference, a prestigious party leadership position, in which he served for ten years.


Patrick J. Lucey, born in 1918 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, attended St. Thomas College, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, after serving in the Army during World War II.

A successful businessman, Lucey also was elected to the State Legislature and served as Democratic Party Chair before becoming Lt. Governor in 1964, and then Governor in 1970. An effective Governor, Lucey initiated job producing tax reforms and an innovative energy conservation program. He served until 1977, when he was appointed

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, a position he held until 1979.


John Anderson is a refreshing and exciting choice for a thinking electorate. A man has demonstrated the courage to make difficult and often unpopular decisions both as a Congressman and a as candidate. We all know this country must be prepared to make sacrifices on energy and the economy. There are no overnight solutions. John Anderson has the courage and vision to deliver this message before the election, not afterwards.

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