Richard Lamm

(Richard Douglas)

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A friend of mine just became a Christian Scientist. It was the only health plan he could afford. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
A rising economic tide not only raises all ships but prevents them from bumping into each other. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
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. Budgets & Budgeting
Emma Lazarus was wrong. America's first duty is to its own poor. Immigration & Emigration
Every president of the United States federalizes his values. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
He [President Ronald Reagan] has tried to balance the budget on the backs of state and local government. Budgets & Budgeting
Heroes are not always available. Leaders & Leadership
Humans bond to families but not necessarily to neighbors. Families, Children & Parenting
I would like to share with you my plan to destroy America…. I would invest in ethnic identity and victimology. I would get them to think that their lack of success was only the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In the U. S. politicians have traditionally been able to spend entire careers distributing a growing pie; thus, they're good at distributing pleasure but not at allocating pain. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual, but it is a curse for a society to be bilingual… A society must be able to talk amongst itself. English, Languages & Bilingualism
It is axiomatic in politics that the earlier one addresses a problem, the more the alternatives and the easier the solutions. Management & Managing Government
It is inevitable that we are going to have to ration health care in the United States. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
No country can violate the laws of economic gravity too long. Budgets & Budgeting
Politics is the management of expectations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you've got to be wise enough to know when to leave. Detriments & Qualifications ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Public Office: Benefits
Poverty in America wears a diaper much more often than it wears a hearing aid. Money desperately needed by poor kids is going to rich elderly. Poverty
Racism in our society is a motion for cloture. Accuse anybody of racism and it almost stops the debate. Discrimination & Prejudice
The American electorate has come to expect a growing pie, with politicians arguing about how to distribute the growth dividend every year. Development & Growth
The earlier you start to solve a problem, the less draconian the solution needs to be. Management & Managing Government
The middle class serves as a bridge between the haves and the have-nots. If it goes, so goes political stability. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The myth is that people get their money back from Social Security. Not true. You get somebody else's money back. This is an intergenerational transfer. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
The Republicans can't say no to military spending, and the Democrats can't say no to social spending. Budgets & Budgeting
Third World nations will recognize [their] debts only so long as they're able to get them rescheduled and have money lent to them. Foreign Aid
This is buck passing without the bucks. Intergovernmental Relations
We don’t have a right to die; we have a duty to die. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We live in a world of competing sorrows ... to govern is to choose. Management & Managing Government
We must re-stigmatize illegitimacy. Families, Children & Parenting
A Confucian or Jewish love of learning would gain minorities far more than any affirmative action laws we might pass. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
A nation can't get strong on political pablum.
A nation has its first obligation to its own workers and its own poor.
A truly moral health care system should start out by covering all of its citizens with basic health care. It would not be seduced by its technology and fancy buildings. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Aging bodies are fiscal black holes into which you can pour endless amounts of money. Money, Coins & Minting
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.
America has to ask itself not what it wants, but what it can afford.
America has to ask itself not what it wants, but what it can afford... The New Deal, in my mind, has become a raw deal for my children.
American public policy is run on a myth.
Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don't really mean our immigration law.
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. Time ;Government
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. Time ;Government
'Diversity' is a wonderfully seductive word. It stresses differences rather than commonalities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A 'diverse,' peaceful or stable society is against most historical precedent. Society
Employers love cheap labor, but a country should train its own people. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Everything we do in public policy prevents us from doing something else. To govern is to choose.
God is not an American. Nature did not design Americans to be prosperous forever. Nature ;Religion & God
He didn't work for money. He worked because he loved kids and education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
History shows that nations are more fragile than their citizens think. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Time ;History
History shows, in my opinion, that no nation can survive the tension, conflict and antagonism of two competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. Society ;History
I believe a nation does not maximize its health care until it starts to ask the hard question: How can we prioritize our expenditures to buy the most health care for the most people? We should not apologize for rationing; we should promote it and advance it. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I believe for some high-technology medicine, like transplants and kidney dialysis, age should be a consideration in the delivery of that technology. In a world of limited resources, we have a larger duty to a 10-year-old than to a 90-year-old. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I believe we all must face the fact of death. It is both gift and curse. Death
I do not believe you can have infinite population or economic growth in a finite world. We are living on the shoulders of some awesome geometric curves.
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. Women ;Future
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. Money, Coins & Minting
I suggest that those groups whose culture and values stress delayed gratification - education, hard work, success, and ambition - are those groups that succeed in America, regardless of discrimination. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Future
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. Life ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If I wanted to be president of the United States, I'd run for the Senate in 1986. And I'm just not going to do it.
It is clear that agriculture as we know it has experienced major changes within the life expectancy of most of us, and these changes have caused a major further deterioration of worldwide levels of nutrition. Life
It is my passionate belief that we can all have better health care through rationing. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
It was almost a desecration to put a building on the Boulder Turnpike, which is now U.S.-36 and is almost backyards and even junkyards all the way up. We didn't have to put development just cheek to jowl all the way up to Boulder. There's enough room in Colorado! But we did.
I've had some major disappointments. The quality of life in Denver is worse than when I took over, and I'm embarrassed about that. But I still put in 40 hours a week running Colorado. Life
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. Money, Coins & Minting
Medical need is an infinitely expandable concept. There is always one more marginal procedure that can be done. There is no end to the medical and surgical treatments that a technologically sophisticated and advanced society can give to aging bodies. Society ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Modern medicine has presented us with a Faustian bargain: Our aging bodies can bankrupt our children and grandchildren. We have run into the 'law of diminishing returns' in health care, where we are often doing more and more, with higher and higher technology, at more and more cost, for less and less benefit. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Our globe is under new dramatic environmental pressure: our globe is warming, our ice caps melting, our glaciers receding, our coral is dying, our soils are eroding, our water tables falling, our fisheries are being depleted, our remaining rainforests shrinking. Something is very, very wrong with our eco-system.
Politics is a love-hate relationship. I sure know that. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
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. Future
Sprawl is the American ideal way to develop.
Sprawl is the American ideal way to develop. I believe that what we're developing in Denver is in no appreciable way different than what we're doing in Los Angeles - did in Los Angeles and are still doing. But I think we have developed the Los Angeles model of city-building, and I think it is unfortunate.
The approaching exhaustion of domestic reserves of petroleum and the rapid depletion of world reserves will have a profound effect on Americans in the cities and on the farms.
The bottom line is, until we're helping people to stop smoking, screening for breast cancer, giving Pap smears, giving prenatal care to pregnant women, we should not go into publicly paying for the artificial heart, which will benefit at great cost only a few people. Women
The Democratic Party is not the party of reform.
The environment issue is hydra-headed and complicated, but it is of immense importance that we understand how fast the world is changing.
The New Deal, in my mind, has become a raw deal for my children.
The U.S. needs to do more than change presidents. It needs to change its political culture.
The very controversial National Identification Act of 1991, requiring all United States citizens to carry identification, has greatly enhanced the ability of law enforcement officers to identify criminals and terrorists.
To me, the failure of liberalism - the tradition I come from - was not recognizing there has to be justice across the generations. Failure
Universal coverage, not medical technology, is the foundation of any caring health care system. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We can make the United States a 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity.
We have been maintaining a standard of living by putting things on the debt of the next generation.
We must recognize that all the civil rights laws in the world are not going to solve the problem of minority underachievement. Ultimately, blacks and Hispanics are going to have to see that their solution is largely in their own hands.
We need to start training more primary health providers and fewer specialists. We will never be able to control health care costs unless we challenge the over-emphasis on medical research, specialists and technology and put more emphasis on delivering good, everyday basic medicine to those who now have none. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We spend billions on marginal and often unnecessary procedures on people who are in the final dying process, yet we leave millions of Americans out of the health insurance system, and America's kids have the worst dental health in the developed world. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Society ;Life
Why give chemotherapy or even antibiotics to people with end-stage Alzheimer's disease? Keep them pain free and clean, love them but don't automatically try to get the last technology-produced breath from them. Start a preschool program instead or do something about the atrocious state of obesity in our children. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You know, 600,000 millionaires get a Social Security check every month. I think there's enough waste and inefficiency.