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Lyndon Johnson on Abortion
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Lyndon Johnson on Budget & Economy
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  • 1964 stimulus: Lower taxes with high expenditures. (Mar 1974)
Lyndon Johnson on Civil Rights
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  • Lost causes: What the hell's the presidency for? (May 2012)
  • Southern blacks reacted with fear when LBJ became president. (Jan 2012)
  • 1965: Shifted civil rights focus to equality of results. (Oct 2011)
  • FactCheck: Civil Rights Act led to 90% black vote for Dems. (Apr 2011)
  • Rallied nation to pass civil rights bill as JFK legacy. (Oct 2005)
  • 1965: Freedom is not enough; we seek equality of results. (Jun 2005)
  • Take civil rights to the country as a moral crusade. (Dec 1976)
  • Jenkins Affair: My gay aide was set up by GOP. (Mar 1974)
  • We Democrats feel sorry for gays; it's an illness. (Nov 1964)
  • Spearheaded passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 & 1960. (Jun 1964)
  • Malcolm X: LBJ had no "genuine interest" in blacks pre-1964. (Apr 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Corporations
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  • Consumer safety laws from market fraud to radiation safety. (Jan 1968)
  • 1954: Increase penalties for anti-trust violations. (Jun 1964)
  • Republican Party is single interest: business. (Jun 1958)
Lyndon Johnson on Crime
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  • "Community Action" to address youth crime in poor areas. (May 2012)
  • War on Crime: $100M for state & local master plans. (Jan 1968)
  • National Crime Commission: all-out effort to combat crime. (Jan 1967)
  • Discover the causes of crime and better ways to prevent it. (Jan 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Drugs
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  • Stricter penalties trafficking LSD and other dangerous drugs. (Jan 1968)
Lyndon Johnson on Education
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  • 1965: Established Head Start; plus $200B on schooling. (Oct 2011)
  • Stung by intellectuals, but sincere respect for universities. (Dec 1976)
  • Practiced as ecumenist; detached from any dogma. (Dec 1976)
  • Elementary & Secondary Education Act: aid to educate masses. (Dec 1976)
  • Ok to fund parochial schools if funds go to children. (Mar 1974)
  • Led fight for aid-to-education legislation in 1958 and 1960. (Jun 1964)
  • 1920s: Star debater at Texas State Teachers College. (Jun 1964)
  • 1930: Taught public speaking at Houston high school. (Jun 1964)
  • Raise standards of public education. (May 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Energy & Oil
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Lyndon Johnson on Environment
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  • 1957: Pushed to dam Snake River at Hells Canyon. (May 2012)
  • Lyndon focused on conservation; Lady Bird on beautification. (Mar 1974)
  • Focus academics on man's mastery of his environment. (Sep 1965)
  • Green legacy for tomorrow: more parks & open spaces. (Jan 1964)
  • Developing lower Colorado River released men from drudgery. (Jun 1958)
Lyndon Johnson on Families & Children
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  • War on Poverty result: fewer poor kids, but more single moms. (Jan 2014)
  • Develop educational public television. (Jan 1967)
  • 1935: Texas Administrator of National Youth Administration. (Jun 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Foreign Policy
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  • As VP, excluded from any planning about Bay of Pigs invasion. (May 2012)
  • As much personal contact as possible with foreign leaders. (Dec 1976)
  • Goal: 1/2% of GNP for foreign assistance. (Dec 1976)
  • America is easily misunderstood by foreign leaders. (Mar 1974)
  • UN and OAS are useful but irresolute. (Mar 1974)
  • Transform Southeast Asia with Mekong Delta project. (Mar 1974)
  • Asia Doctrine: repulse aggression then remake nations. (Mar 1974)
  • Lines of policy: strength; non-proliferation; common defense. (Jan 1966)
  • State of the Union depends on state of the world. (Jan 1965)
  • 1948 Senate race: Peace-Preparedness-Progress. (Jun 1964)
  • 1954 Formosa Resolution: line against Communist aggression. (Jun 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Free Trade
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  • 1950s: Urged extension of the Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act. (Jun 1964)
  • Expand world trade: goods should move freely across borders. (Jan 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Government Reform
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  • Right of voting gives blacks power to fight for other rights. (May 2012)
  • 1957: Pushed through first civil rights bill in 82 years. (May 2012)
  • Staff rule: Don't touch money; let finance dept. handle it. (Dec 1976)
  • Staff rule: Fired for meeting about contract with contractor. (Dec 1976)
  • Stimulate small contributions to parties and candidates. (Jan 1966)
  • Change House term to 4 years, to avoid constant campaigning. (Jan 1966)
  • 1953: Ended seniority-based Senate committee assignments. (Jun 1964)
  • There is always a national answer to each national problem. (Jun 1958)
Lyndon Johnson on Gun Control
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  • Licensing and registration act for firearms. (Jan 1969)
  • Proper gun control law to end mail-order murder. (Jan 1968)
Lyndon Johnson on Health Care
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  • 1948: Suffered from kidney stone, but refused surgery. (May 2012)
  • Signed Medicare bill to avoid family financial disasters. (Feb 2008)
  • Advancing the Nation's Health: expand Medicare. (Mar 1974)
  • Child health program: prenatal care thru child's first year. (Jan 1968)
Lyndon Johnson on Homeland Security
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  • Close 38 defense bases, with more in the future. (May 2012)
  • 1964 Daisy ad: We must love each other or we must die. (Nov 2010)
  • Distaste for wiretapping as V.P. and as President. (Dec 1976)
  • Outlaw all wiretapping--except for national security. (Jan 1967)
  • 1940: Started Corpus Christi air base anticipating WWII. (Jun 1964)
  • Navy waste: "It is no longer a crime to cut red tape". (Jun 1964)
  • 1949: Pushed adequate preparedness for Cold War. (Jun 1964)
  • Stockpile essential strategic materials. (Jun 1964)
  • Government cannot accept stalemate with Communism. (Jun 1958)
Lyndon Johnson on Immigration
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  • OpEd: Immigration Reform Act of 1965 led to current crisis. (Jul 2006)
  • Abolish country-specific discriminatory quotas. (Oct 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Jobs
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  • As VP, chaired Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. (May 2012)
  • 1937: Ran for House on labor rights, against corporations. (Jun 1964)
  • Eliminate abuses of power by organized labor. (Jun 1964)
  • Oppose 35-hour workweek, but also oppose excessive overtime. (Jan 1964)
  • Extend minimum wage to 2 million unprotected workers. (Jan 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Principles & Values
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  • Most important thing is what a man is trying not to say. (May 2012)
  • 1962: Worried whether he would be retained on 1964 ticket. (May 2012)
  • Father served 6 terms in Texas Senate but died penniless. (May 2012)
  • OpEd: Won 1948 election by despotic control of voting. (May 2012)
  • JFK said "Let us begin"; I say "let us continue". (May 2012)
  • 1960 JFK slogan: "Let us begin"; 1964 LBJ: "Let us continue". (Feb 2011)
  • 1987: Lady Bird admitted, "My husband loved women". (Jun 2009)
  • OpEd: Civil rights alliance made transformational presidency. (Aug 2008)
  • 1960: Planned on nomination at a brokered convention. (Jun 1996)
  • Persuasion over lunch with press, bankers, or black leaders. (Dec 1976)
  • To persuade Congress, persuade their constituencies. (Dec 1976)
  • Programs, partnerships, priorities, prosperity, and peace. (Jan 1967)
  • We can fight in Vietnam while also building a Great Society. (Jan 1966)
  • 1960 ideological balance: Voted opposite JFK 264 times. (Jan 1965)
  • 1941: Lost in Senate run; 1960: lost in presidential run. (Jun 1964)
  • Long line of elected officials on both sides of family. (Jun 1964)
  • People reject extremism, either on the right or the left. (Jun 1964)
  • 1954: Led Senate with "unity-moderation-cooperation". (Jun 1964)
  • Continue JFK's plans, not in sorrow, but because it's right. (Jan 1964)
  • I am a free man, an American, a Senator, and then a Democrat. (Jun 1958)
Lyndon Johnson on Social Security
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  • War on Poverty result: Senior poverty down by all measures. (Jan 2014)
  • 1968: raided the Trust Fund to help pay for the Vietnam War. (Jan 2012)
  • Raise social security payments by 15%-20%. (Jan 1967)
Lyndon Johnson on Tax Reform
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  • 6% surcharge to restrain unbalanced economic expansion. (Jan 1967)
Lyndon Johnson on Technology
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  • Obsessive need for information; fanatic about facts. (Dec 1976)
  • 1968: created national public broadcasting system. (Dec 1976)
  • LBJ's FBI never wiretapped MLK. (Dec 1976)
  • New Department of Transportation, including Highway Safety. (Jan 1966)
  • $90M spent by US Information Agency is not wisely spent. (Jan 1965)
  • Rural Electrification raised farmers' incomes. (Jun 1964)
  • 1957: Pushed UN for international cooperation on Space Age. (Jun 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on War & Peace
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  • 1966: Sought support for Vietnam War from Pres. Eisenhower. (Nov 2013)
  • Awarded Silver Star after only 13 minutes in WWII combat. (May 2012)
  • 1967-68: LBJ's advisers concluded that doves were right. (Mar 2012)
  • 1964 Tonkin Gulf attack never happened as stated. (Apr 2011)
  • 1965: requested additional $700M for Vietnam War. (Feb 2011)
  • Vietnam war cost $500B and 50,000 US lives. (Apr 2009)
  • 1965-1968: Operation Rolling Thunder air campaign. (Sep 2000)
  • 1965: Vietnam bombing pause to encourage peace talks. (Dec 1976)
  • Convince the Viet Cong we cannot be defeated by power. (Dec 1976)
  • 1968: no run for re-election so Vietnam peace might work. (Dec 1976)
  • Balance Vietnam fighting without USA versus risking WWIII. (Dec 1976)
  • Enemy in Vietnam hopes our will to persevere can be broken. (Jan 1968)
  • North Vietnam wants conquest; we stay to stop aggression. (Jan 1966)
  • 1945: Keep military strong to fulfill moral obligation. (Jun 1964)
  • 1950: Defending South Korea gives noble meaning to freedom. (Jun 1964)
Lyndon Johnson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • After 50 years, War on Poverty has 40 controversial programs. (Jan 2014)
  • Great Society today: Head Start; food stamps; NEA; Job Corps. (Jan 2014)
  • War on Poverty results: poverty down; safety net up. (Jan 2014)
  • Address poverty with programs for both urban and rural poor. (May 2012)
  • Weapons in War on Poverty: better schools; health; and homes. (May 2012)
  • War on Poverty later widened to Great Society. (May 2012)
  • 1964: Food Stamps, initially 350,000 people, now 42 million. (Oct 2011)
  • FactCheck: Poverty rate has fallen under Great Society. (Jul 2011)
  • Announced "War on Poverty" in 1965. (Jun 2011)
  • Great Society required business community's support. (Dec 1976)
  • Rent supplements cost less than public housing. (Dec 1976)
  • 1964: declares unconditional war on poverty. (Mar 1974)
  • Urban Development Bank; build 500,000 homes for needy. (Jan 1969)
  • Three paths of Great Society: growth, justice and liberation. (Jan 1966)
  • War on poverty will not be a short or easy struggle. (Jan 1964)
  • National Service Corps as a domestic Peace Corps. (Jan 1964)


VoteMatch Responses
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No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Southern blacks reacted with fear when LBJ became president: Opposes topic 2
1965: Shifted civil rights focus to equality of results: Strongly Favors topic 2
Rallied nation to pass civil rights bill as JFK legacy: Strongly Favors topic 2
1965: Freedom is not enough; we seek equality of results: Strongly Favors topic 2
Take civil rights to the country as a moral crusade: Strongly Favors topic 2
Spearheaded passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 & 1960: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Jenkins Affair: My gay aide was set up by GOP: Favors topic 3
We Democrats feel sorry for gays; it's an illness: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Practiced as ecumenist; detached from any dogma: Opposes topic 4
Great Society required business community's support: Opposes topic 4
1964: declares unconditional war on poverty: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Signed Medicare bill to avoid family financial disasters: Strongly Favors topic 5
Advancing the Nation's Health: expand Medicare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Child health program: prenatal care thru child's first year: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Raise social security payments by 15%-20%: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1965: Established Head Start; plus $200B on schooling: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Elementary & Secondary Education Act: aid to educate masses: Opposes topic 7
Ok to fund parochial schools if funds go to children: Strongly Favors topic 7
Raise standards of public education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
1957: Pushed to dam Snake River at Hells Canyon: Favors topic 8
Lyndon focused on conservation; Lady Bird on beautification: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Focus academics on man's mastery of his environment: Favors topic 8
Green legacy for tomorrow: more parks & open spaces: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
"Community Action" to address youth crime in poor areas: Opposes topic 9
Consumer safety laws from market fraud to radiation safety: Favors topic 9
War on Crime: $100M for state & local master plans: Favors topic 9
National Crime Commission: all-out effort to combat crime: Favors topic 9
Discover the causes of crime and better ways to prevent it: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Licensing and registration act for firearms: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Proper gun control law to end mail-order murder: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
6% surcharge to restrain unbalanced economic expansion: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Abolish country-specific discriminatory quotas: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
1950s: Urged extension of the Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act: Favors topic 13
Expand world trade: goods should move freely across borders: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
As much personal contact as possible with foreign leaders: Opposes topic 14
UN and OAS are useful but irresolute: Opposes topic 14
State of the Union depends on state of the world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Close 38 defense bases, with more in the future: Strongly Opposes topic 15
1940: Started Corpus Christi air base anticipating WWII: Strongly Favors topic 15
Navy waste: "It is no longer a crime to cut red tape": Strongly Opposes topic 15
1949: Pushed adequate preparedness for Cold War: Strongly Favors topic 15
Stockpile essential strategic materials: Strongly Favors topic 15
1945: Keep military strong to fulfill moral obligation: Strongly Favors topic 15
Government cannot accept stalemate with Communism: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+2 points on Social scale)
Staff rule: Don't touch money; let finance dept. handle it: Favors topic 16
Staff rule: Fired for meeting about contract with contractor: Favors topic 16
Stimulate small contributions to parties and candidates: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
1964 Tonkin Gulf attack never happened as stated: Opposes topic 17
Convince the Viet Cong we cannot be defeated by power: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Balance Vietnam fighting without USA versus risking WWIII: Opposes topic 17
Asia Doctrine: repulse aggression then remake nations: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Lines of policy: strength; non-proliferation; common defense: Opposes topic 17
North Vietnam wants conquest; we stay to stop aggression: Strongly Opposes topic 17
1950: Defending South Korea gives noble meaning to freedom: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Stricter penalties trafficking LSD and other dangerous drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Announced "War on Poverty" in 1965: Strongly Favors topic 20
1964 stimulus: Lower taxes with high expenditures: Opposes topic 20

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