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Notable Quotables - 06/08/1992

 

Time at Rio: Forget the Police State, Make It A Police Planet


"Put an international tax on emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases....Find a way to put the brakes on the world's spiraling population, which will otherwise double by the year 2050....Give the United Nations broad powers to create an environmental police force for the planet."
- Time list of "What They Should Do But Won't" at the United Nations "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro, June 1.

 

Gumbel: I Won't Condemn the Riots


"Gumbel opposed the violent reaction, but would not condemn it. `Everyone is quick to want you to condemn them but some of us that are sitting in this position feel uncomfortable being asked to do that,' he said. `When the violence was being perpetrated on these people on an ongoing basis, did America see it? Certainly not,' he said. `Black people are being killed by the handfuls in that area on an ongoing basis, and basically America doesn't care.'"
- Story by Knight-Ridder reporter Marc Gunther, May 13.

 

One CBS Vote for President Ann Richards


"The only two candidates who appeal to me as someone who could lead the country are Ross Perot and [liberal Texas Gov.] Ann Richards."
- Don Hewitt, Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, May 20 Boston Globe.

 

Murphy Brown: Willie Horton In Maternity Clothes?


"There they go again. Only this time, instead of Willie Horton, the GOP is making Murphy Brown the symbol of what's wrong with the liberal elites."
- Newsweek Washington reporter Eleanor Clift, June 1.

"The racial dimension flows naturally into the political, where the uglier side of Quayle's mission begins to become apparent. One of Quayle's amazing but unlikable feats last week was metaphorically to transform old Willie Horton into a beautiful blond fortyish WASP has-it-all knockout."
- Time Senior Writer Lance Morrow, June 1.

"This was not an accident. This was not a casual speech. This was a speech very much a part of the White House game plan, a very deliberate attempt to use these family values, which are an amorphous collection of ideas, but to use them as a wedge issue to drive divisions in this country along cultural lines, along social lines, and to some extent along racial lines."
- U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Steven Roberts on Washington Week in Review, May 22.

"George Bush has been at the focal point of incidents that have exacerbated race relations in this country....the Willie Horton affair, for example. Making affirmative action a front-and-center proposal. Constantly discussing welfare as a problem in this country. Things that really separate the races rather than bring them together."
- Bryant Gumbel on NBC's Today, May 18.

 

Speak for Yourself, Maria


"When her husband and family were placed under house arrest last August in an attempted coup, our concerns were not just for him, but also for her...People are interested in how you got through those hours, Mrs. Gorbachev. What sustained you?"
- NBC's Maria Shriver on Raisa Gorbachev, May 6 First Person.

"When you marry someone, you marry them for sickness and health. [Republican politics] are Arnold's sickness."
- Maria Shriver on Arnold Schwarzenegger in the June McCall's.

 

Cheering the Earth Summit


"Almost alone among major nations, the United States retains a substantial constituency that is indifferent if not hostile toward environmental regulation - an attitude oddly shared by the GOP right wing and the leaders of the former communist bloc. But this is increasingly a fringe position even among many of the business executives it is supposed to benefit."
- Newsweek Senior Writer Jerry Adler, June 1.

"This is a story about human folly. Mankind's attempt to engineer a better place to live, to improve upon nature with inventions such as refrigeration, foam packing, and electronics. But the man-made chemicals used in pursuit of the good life, have all put life on earth in jeopardy. The chemicals have punched a hole in the sky....already there's a moral to the story, and that is: nature may not always be able to recover from the abuses of modern civilization."
- CNN anchor Bernard Shaw on global warming, May 26.

 

Canadian Unity Talks Fail; Showdown Seen Likely
- Washington Post, May 31

Canada's Unity Talks Show Signs of Progress
- New York Times, same day (Thanks to Jim Picone)

 

Whipping Welfare Critics


"[Bush] compared the dole to a `narcotic' in his State of the Union message and regularly peppers his speeches with vows to `change welfare and make the able-bodied work.' This line is not surprising coming from a political heir of Ronald Reagan, who voiced his contempt for public assistance with apocryphal stories of `welfare queens' driving Cadillacs....What's going on here? Has America's traditional compassion for the downtrodden worn thin? Is the country that paid billions to liberate a wealthy oil sheikdom on the other side of the globe suddenly unwilling to feed hungry kids at home?"
- Time Senior Editor Thomas Sancton, May 25.

"It is not that Dan Quayle's family-values sermon missed the mark: much of what he said was right. It is that Quayle represents an Administration that has only rarely supported the programs that actually promote strong families - everything from child care and parental leave to infant nutrition, Head Start, apprenticeship training, gun control, and - well, the list is almost endless....because of what two GOP administrations have failed to do, Quayle's calculated rant rings hollow and deserves little more than a bemused shake of the head."
- Time Special Correspondent Michael Kramer, June 1.

 

A Sudden Concern for Bias


"My feeling is that if he ends up being the owner, then we're out."
- Los Angeles Times Senior Editor Noel Greenwood about Pat Robertson's purchase of United Press International, in Editor & Publisher, May 23.


NEA: All That's Good and Wonderful


"If you've ever watched A Chorus Line, or story-teller Garrison Keillor, or Driving Miss Daisy, then you've seen what the National Endowment for the Arts can do. And in each case, an NEA grant helped get the project started. Could this be the same government agency that has conservatives so incensed?"
- ABC reporter Jackie Judd on Nightline, May 26.

 

Conservatives for Pollution


"You'll have noticed that conscience funds serve certain types of consciences - all liberal. No `First Aggressive Conservative Fund' has arisen to channel money into profitable polluters, search out high-growth nonunion companies or build a portfolio of firms that manufacture products in Mexico. Clearly, an unfilled marketing niche. Pat Buchanan, call your office."
- Newsweek columnist Jane Bryant Quinn, May 18.

 

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