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Born: 1935-09-12
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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Many seniors understand that Social Security is social insurance as opposed to a program where we put money aside for our own retirement. But most elderly individuals think they're getting their money back. So it isn't selfishness as much as a misunderstanding.

Tags: Money, Put, Understand

Right out of the University of California I had passed the bar, but Colorado was one of those places where anybody could come and nobody would ask what your background was or how long you had been here. So I took to the place with a liking.

Tags: Ask, Here, Place

Roads are necessary, but the fact that we don't fully recognize that when you build a road you're doing more than building a road - you're building the future development of your city. And, that's what's never dawned on people. It still doesn't, in a way.

Tags: Fact, Future, Road

We've got a duty to die and get out of the way with all of our machines and artificial hearts and everything else like that and let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life.

Tags: Die, Life, Society

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.

Tags: Government, Time

Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don't really mean our immigration law.

Tags: Big, Law, Mean

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want - and their kids pay for it.

Tags: Government, Time

Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you've got to be wise enough to know when to leave.

Tags: Enough, Politics, Wise

A nation can't get strong on political pablum.

Tags: Nation, Political, Strong

A nation has its first obligation to its own workers and its own poor.

Tags: Nation, Obligation, Poor

America has to ask itself not what it wants, but what it can afford.

Tags: America, Ask, Wants

American public policy is run on a myth.

Tags: American, Public, Run

Employers love cheap labor, but a country should train its own people.

Tags: Country, Labor, Love

He didn't work for money. He worked because he loved kids and education.

Tags: Education, Money, Work

I believe we all must face the fact of death. It is both gift and curse.

Tags: Death, Face, Fact

Politics is a love-hate relationship. I sure know that.

Tags: Politics, Sure

Sprawl is the American ideal way to develop.

Tags: American, Develop, Ideal

The Democratic Party is not the party of reform.

Tags: Democratic, Party, Reform

The New Deal, in my mind, has become a raw deal for my children.

Tags: Become, Children, Mind

The U.S. needs to do more than change presidents. It needs to change its political culture.

Tags: Change, Culture, Political

To me, the failure of liberalism - the tradition I come from - was not recognizing there has to be justice across the generations.

Tags: Failure, Justice, Tradition

We have been maintaining a standard of living by putting things on the debt of the next generation.

Tags: Debt, Living, Next

You know, 600,000 millionaires get a Social Security check every month. I think there's enough waste and inefficiency.

Tags: Enough, Security, Social
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America does not need another political campaign based on denial and avoidance of some of our real problems. It needs a crusade to reform and renew our country, its institutions and political system.

Tags: Country, Political, Real

I feel very strongly that the Democratic Party has, in the past, been the party of the future. I think when you look at Social Security and Medicare, when you look at the civil rights movement, the women's movement, I think the Democratic Party has always been in the forefront of change.

Tags: Change, Future, Women

I had a group of Hispanic Americans come into my office in 1976 who worked in a Denver packing plant. They had just been fired by their employer who turned around and hired illegal aliens for a lot less money. That had a big impact on me.

Tags: Big, Group, Money

I think modern societies have to ask a very basic question: What strategies buy the most health for people? Doctors can do so many marvelous things now. They can keep a corpse alive, almost.

Tags: Alive, Health, Keep

I think that retiring the baby boomers is going to be one of the great challenges in America, that you cannot make fiscal sense out of the future of our children without taking on entitlements.

Tags: Children, Future, Great

I think we're rapidly approaching the day where medical science can keep people alive in hospitals, hooked up to tubes and things, far beyond when any kind of quality of life is left at all.

Tags: Life, Medical, Science

The architecture of our future is not only unfinished; the scaffolding has hardly gone up.

Tags: Future, Gone, Unfinished
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