"Government at all levels can be competent, economical, and efficient. Yet I would hasten to point out that nowhere in the Constitution of the United States, or the Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights, or the Emancipation Proclamation, or the Old Testament, or the New Testament, do you find the words economy or efficiency. Not that these two words are unimportant.
But you discover other words like honesty, integrity, fairness, liberty, justice, courage, patriotism, compassion, love--and many others which describe the qualities that a human being ought to possess. These are also the same words which describe the qualities that a government of human beings ought to possess."
after taking office as Governor of Georgia, 1970.
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New York Times Service
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter accused President Ronald Reagan on Saturday of
"habitually" mis-stating the record of U.S. military modernization programs and of
following an agenda for national security with little chance of success. Apparently
stung by Mr. Reagan's speech on Wednesday on military spending, Mr. Carter said the
President was persisting in a pattern of statements "he knows are not true and which he
personally promised me not to repeat." Mr. Reagan said that there was a decade of
neglect in military affairs before he took office and that his program represented "the
first significant improvement" in nuclear deterrence in 20 years.
(text of March 3, 1986 Globe and Mail article)
The Associated Press
ATLANTA-Former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday the Persian Gulf War was a "horrible tragedy" because little has changed in the region.
The United States failed to learn from the conflict and has done nothing to bring healing to devastated areas, he said. The war ended with most of Kuwait destroyed and much of Iraq, but no change in Saddam Hussein's power.
"I thought from the beginning it was a horrible tragedy," Carter said. "There was no effort to negotiate peace.
"What are the results of the war? Saddam Hussein is still there. Kuwait and Iraq are destroyed. People are dying."
Carter made his remarks at the Carter Center, where he was leading a summit
on worldwide warfare.
(text of January 17, 1992 Desert Sun article)
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