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Humphrey-Muskie for President Vice President 1968 Campaign Brochures

Humphrey-Muskie for President Vice President 1968 Campaign Brochures

‘TWO YOU CAN TRUST’ and ‘TRUST HUMPHREY-MUSKIE’

 

PEACE IN VIETNAM!

Here's what we've done:

Bought time for other nations of Southeast Asia. They've now begun to work together to counter the Communist threat. In South Vietnam itself, a constitution has been written, free elections have been stepped up, the South Vietnamese Amy has increased in size, and improved its equipment, training and performance. Initiated six pauses in the bombing of North Vietnam since 1965. We have moved to the negotiating cable hopeful of terminating hostilities.

Here's what we're going to do:

Stop the bombing of the North -- taking account of Hanoi's action, and assurances of prompt good faith negotiations. We’ll only resume bombing if the Communists show bad faith. Systematically reduce American troops -- turning over to South Vietnam's Army a greater share of the country's defense. Bring about an internationally supervised cease-fire, along with withdrawal of all foreign forces from South Vietnam, including all people in South Vietnam willing to follow the peaceful promise. Trust Humphrey to further these efforts toward lasting peace for Vietnam.

 

LAW AND ORDER ENFORCED WITH ORDER AND JUSTICE!

Here's what we've done:

Enacted the Law Enforcement Assistance Act of 1965, which for the first time provided Federal help to strengthen state and local law enforcement agencies. Enacted the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, which commits the Federal Government to greater support for, and leadership in, the fight against crime. Indicted a record 1,166 persons on organized crime charges last year, compared to only 19 in 1960 -- the last year of the Republican Administration. Provided 1,000 man increase of the District of Columbia police force where the Federal Government has direct responsibility.

Here's what we're going to do:

Assure the safety and personal security of all citizens, Vigorously enforce the Federal criminal laws. Provide far greater Federal support to state and local government, for more better trained, and better paid Police, with the most advanced equipment. Stop riots. Make a determined effort to uproot the causes of crime, especially juvenile crime (which accounts for almost all of the increase in crime). As Mayor of Minneapolis, Hubert Humphrey received the FBI's top award for effective municipal law enforcement, Trust Humphrey to get the job done for America.

 

MORE JOBS, BETTER PAY, GOOD PROFITS FOR ALL AMERICANS!

Here's what we've done:

Proven that sound policies assure good times. Republicans have proven the opposite...they managed to give us 3 recessions in 8 years, we have had 92 months of steady growth; they increased unemployment 3 million; we cut unemployment 2 million; they raised per capita income $177, we raised it $711 (both in 1968 prices) ; they increased total corporate profits almost $3 billion, we raised profits over $26 billion. We could go on and on showing Democratic prosperity and Republican stagnation or boom and bust.

Here's what we're going to do:

Continue full employment and vigorous growth through sound fiscal and monetary policy. We will have full employment and price stability by carefully keeping demand in balance with supply, by fighting monopoly and improving efficiency, by better training for workers, and by achieving close cooperation between labor, management and the public to avoid price-wage spirals. Trust Humphrey to keep down unemployment and keep up production and income.

 

EXCELLENT EDUCATION FOR ALL AMERICANS!

Here's what we've done:

Passed more Federal aid to education laws in 4 years than in all the preceding years of the Republic -- 60 in all! These laws have meant a chance in life through Head Start for over 700,000 pre-schoolers; special help for 9 million disadvantaged children; millions of books for students; work-study assistance to help 1.4 million young people to go to college; aid for more than half the nation's colleges and universities; and research grants to improve education.

Here's what we're going to do:

Provide access to quality pre-school education for all children, starting with the 2 million poor children. Support better training and higher salaries for our teachers. Dramatically expand vocational education opportunities to bridge school and the world of work. Assure access to higher education for all, regardless of income, through public scholarships, long-term loans, work-study programs for middle income as well as poor families. Share Federal revenues with the states to ease the rising and heavy burdens of state and local taxes, especially property taxes. Hubert Humphrey has been an educator and knows these problems. Trust Humphrey to make these promises good.

 

THE BEST MEDICAL CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS!

Here's what we've done:

Enacted Medicare, Hubert Humphrey's idea, which protects 20 million older Americans. In two years of operation, Medicare paid 10.6 million hospital bills and 45 million medical bills. Passed Medicaid, which helps 8 million poor. Helped 64,473 students in 217 health-professional schools in the Student Loan Program. Added 800,000 hospital and nursing home beds since 1965. Provided care, for 100,000 mothers and babies since the program started in 1963. Helped provide 250 million immunizations to protect children against polio, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles since, Act passed in 1962.

Here's what we're going to do:

Intensify efforts to bring the best medical care to every citizen at a price be can afford. Establish programs to protect Americans against the economic burdens of catastrophic illness, and new programs for those most in need -- children, the aged and disabled, the poor, and the mentally ill. To stem rising costs of medical care, we will increase support of health-professions schools, encourage greater hospital efficiency, and provide means through which needed drugs can be obtained at lower cost, Trust Humphrey to achieve the goal of good health care for all America.

 

A LIVING ENVIRONMENT!

Here's what we've done:

Since January 1964, we have authorized 22 historic areas for inclusion in the National Park Service, adding nearly 800,000 acres to the service. We have created eight new national seashores and lakeshores and added four new national parks. We have begun the job of highway and urban beautification. We have used Federal grants to stimulate an unprecedented expansion of state and local air and water pollution control programs.

Here's what we're going to do:

Intensify the fight against air and water pollution, Intensify efforts in desalinization. Continue to expand the national park and seashore systems. Start a Heritage Riverways Program to save our rivers through the type of total attack strategy employed in the Model Cities Program. Instruct the Federal agencies to work to eliminate pollution and respect environmental values in all the activities they conduct, support, authorize or finance. Use Federal surplus lands for recreation and conservation in the cities and in the countryside. Push forward with urban and highway beautification, Trust Humphrey to build an America where progress is not at war with beauty.

 

BETTER HOUSING FOR EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY!

Here's what we've done:

Enacted omnibus housing acts in 1964, 1965 and 1968. Created the first Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1965 to coordinate our Federal housing effort. Started the Model Cities program, which set out the first rational plan for metropolitan growth. While only 16,000 units a year of low-income housing were built by the Nixon-Republicans between 1957 and 1960, 100,000 homes will be built in 1968.

Here's what we're going to do:

Take action to give every American family the opportunity to own a decent home in a decent neighborhood. Ensure a climate where housing is a safe and desirable investment. Assure a continuous flow of housing capital. Modernize housing construction and lower costs through Federally assisted research and technology. During the next 10 years, America must produce 6 million homes for those who need financial assistance. And America must produce 20 million homes for those who can afford housing in the private market. Many of these homes will be located in "new cities" -- providing an alternative to the further overcrowding of urban areas. This is the commitment of the historic Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Trust Humphrey to meet this commitment.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL AMERICANS!

Here's what we've done:

Moved to assure equal opportunity to all Americans by enacting the most comprehensive package of legislation in the history of this country -- the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. These measures have opened job opportunities, eliminated discrimination in places of public accommodation, provided for the desegregation of schools and made discrimination in housing illegal. Our social legislation -- plus eight years of uninterrupted prosperity -- enabled 12 million Americans to rise above the poverty line during the last seven years.

Here's what we're going to do:

Enforce our civil rights legislation fairly, vigorously and effectively. Seek new legislation to eliminate discrimination in state as well as Federal juries, and guarantee the right of equal opportunity in state and local government employment. Strengthen enforcement of existing equal employment opportunity laws. We are pledged to secure for all Americans a new civil right -- the right to be free from poverty. Hubert H. Humphrey has been at the forefront of the movement toward equal justice under law. Trust Humphrey to build a peaceful, just America with equal opportunity for all

 

A PEACEFUL WORLD!

Here's what we've done:

Created the Peace Corps and established the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency -- both Humphrey ideas. Negotiated the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty to which 95 countries are parties. Negotiated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which 59 countries have already signed, to make our world less dangerous. Reduced trade barriers among the U.S. and 37 other nations through the Kennedy Round. Under Food for Peace -- Humphrey's idea -- distributed enough food around the world to feed 100 million people a year. Under the Alliance for Progress land distribution program, settled or resettled 3.6 million people in Latin America on their own land.

Here's what we're going to do:

Press forward with negotiations to achieve a de-escalation of the arms race, with proper safeguards. Support the strengthening of the United Nations capacity for peacekeeping. Hold annual summit meetings, Continue to help developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America raise their standards of living and create conditions in which freedom and independence can flourish. Emphasize multilateral aid and the strengthening of private-sector efforts. Build bridges of trade and cultural exchange to the captive peoples living under Communism. Trust Humphrey to work for a better, more peaceful world.

 

MILITARY STRENGTH TO MEET OUR NEEDS!

Here's what we've done:

Kept defense forces strong and streamlined Pentagon management. Humphrey and the Democratic Party have consistently voted for ample defense appropriations. We now have a significant lead in military strength and in all vital areas of military technology over Russia. There is no doubt of our strategic nuclear capability. For almost a quarter of a century America's pre-eminent military strength, combined with our political restraint, has deterred nuclear war. Soviet troops have never stepped across the border of a NATO country. We faced down Russia during the Cuban missile crisis. West Berlin remains free. NATO, our greatest bulwark against Communist aggression, remains strong. We have held the line in Asia.

Here's what we're going to do:

Hubert Humphrey has said, "We must and will maintain a strong and balanced defense establishment adequate to the task of security and peace. We face difficult and trying times in Asia and Europe. We have responsibilities and commitments we cannot escape with honor. We have friends and allies around the world. We will consult with them and ask them to accept a fair share of the burdens of peace and security." Trust Humphrey to keep America strong.

 

IMPROVED SOCIAL SECURITY FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS!

Here's what we've done:

Social security today provides monthly cash benefits for 18.5 million people 62 and over and helps virtually all of the 20 million people 65 and over to meet the cost of hospital and doctor bills. The original social security program, and all but one improvement in it, were proposed by Democrats -- and most were passed over strong Republican opposition. In the last three years, we have increased benefits twice -- raising minimum benefit levels by two-thirds and the average payment by 23 percent. In 1967, we provided graduated cash benefits for 65,000 disabled widows and widowers between 50 and 62, provided additional benefits for 175,000 dependent children, and cash benefits for 100,000 workers disabled before the age of 31.

Here's what we're going to do:

Raise social security benefits by 50 percent across the board and set the minimum at $100 a month. Make benefits inflation-proof after retirement. Strengthen the doctor bill part of Medicare, and help finance prescription drugs under Medicare. Extend Medicare's protection to the disabled. Renew and expand our programs to help bring fulfillment and meaning to retirement years. Too many of our senior citizens have been left behind by the progress they worked so long to create. Trust Humphrey to provide security for the aged and the disabled.

 

PROTECTION FOR THE AMERICAN CONSUMER!

Here's what we've done:

Enacted legislation to provide truth-in-lending, highway and tire safety, wholesome meat and poultry, child protection, natural gas pipeline safety, and clinical laboratories improvement for the first time, appointed a Special Presidential Assistant on Consumer Affairs to assure the American people a clear and uncompromising voice in the highest councils of government. Developed and enforced Federal safety standards for automobiles.

Here's what we're going to do:

To further strengthen the consumer's voice in government, establish an independent Office of Consumer Affairs to represent the interests of consumers before other agencies of government; provide a focal point for analyzing consumer grievances and recommending solutions; and stimulate and support research leading to improved products and services. Develop an inexpensive and speedy procedure for the settlement of consumer grievances against manufacturers, sellers and government. Take action to close gaps in our present efforts to guarantee the consumer product safety and wholesome foods. Push forward with a Deceptive Sales Act, Wholesome Fish and Fishery Products Act, Recreational Boat Safety Act, and Hazardous Radiation Act. Trust Humphrey to protect the American consumer.

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