Taken from CQ Fact Sheet on John F. Kennedy, Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1960.


The farm problem "is bigger and deeper than even one man or even one administration." He advocated a national farm program founded on six principles: (1) treating abundance "as a blessing and not as a curse;" (2) preservation of the family farm; (3) arranging farm programs to be run by farmers; (4) encouraging the cooperative movement; (5) cutting farmers' costs; (6) assuring farmers a fair share of the nation's income. Oct. 24, 1959.

"...my farm proposals...: An increased soil conservation reserve, a bushelage as well as an acreage allotment, a floor under prices or income to protect the family farmer, vigorous research into new markets and new uses and a more adequate domestic program of food distribution for 17 million Americans subsisting on a substandard diet, and a more effective program of distributing food in foreign countries." March 28, 1960.

Civil Rights

"I believe that a minimum program must include at least: 1. The enactment of the Part III provisions eliminated from the Civil Rights Act of 1957 which give the Attorney General the right to initiate and intervene in litigation of this nature. 2. Full use of the President's power to issue executive orders stating the constitutional objective of equal opportunity and directing all federal agencies to shape their policies and practices to achieve this goal. 3. Enactment of a bill ... to outlaw the bombing of homes, churches, synagogues and community centers and to bring the FBI into the picture when such bombing occurs. 4. Absolute protection of the right to vote ... by federal registrars or by referees, or by a combination of both ... also ... the maintenance of voting records and the right to inspect those records." March 28, 1960.


"We must begin now if we are to provide the housing which America demands in the 60s.... We must reverse the high interest rate policies ... step up our efforts to clear slums and renew cities ... adapt federal mortgage insurance to the needs of middle and low income groups ... begin on programs to encourage the development of ... cooperative and public housing ...begin to use the great resources of modern science and technology to develop new housing techniques ... such research might save us millions of housing dollars." March 22, 1960.


On the President's invoking the Taft-Hartley act Oct. 9 in the 1959 steel strike: It was "the most one-sided, unfortunate and unfair action in this Administration's history." Oct. 10, 1959.

Birth Control

"It would be a mistake for the United States Government to attempt to advocate the limitation of the population of the underdeveloped countries ... it would be the greatest psychological mistake for us to appear to advocate the limitation of the black or brown or yellow peoples.... I believe (birth control as a national policy) is a matter to be determined by the country itself. I would not think it was wise for the United States to refuse to grant assistance to a country which is pursuing a policy it feels to be in its own best interest.... I would base my determination as to whether I should approve (laws and policies supporting birth control) on my personal judgment as President as to what would be in the interest of the United States." Nov. 27, 1959.

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